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First-quarter growth is expected to have been spared a shellacking; although economic sentiment has failed to meaningfully recover since the eruption of the ‘gilet jaunes’ protests late last year, recent fiscal measures appear to have largely contained the economic fallout. Moreover, consumption and investment proxies hint that a nascent turnaround is afoot domestically. Survey-based readings, however, suggest that sluggishness throughout the Eurozone is set to continue buffeting exports. Hoping to move his political agenda beyond the waning demonstrations, Emmanuel Macron unveiled a second round of concessions to protestors in late April. New tax cuts worth close to EUR 5 billion and to be financed by spending cuts are expected to cushion household spending over the short-term. Analysts, however, are skeptical of the president’s ability to fully pay for them and now see this year’s fiscal deficit at 3.2% of output.

France - Interest Rate Data

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Policy Interest Rate (%)0.25  0.05  0.05  0.0  0.0  

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France Facts

ValueChangeDate
Bond Yield0.330.46 %May 13
Exchange Rate1.120.65 %May 13
Stock Market5,263-0.29 %May 13

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Economic News

  • France: Business confidence reaches six-month high in May

    May 23, 2019

    In May, the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies’ (INSEE) business-climate indicator for the manufacturing sector climbed 4 points from a month earlier to land at 104 points—a six-month high.

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  • France: Private-sector activity growth hits six-month high in May

    May 23, 2019

    The seasonally-adjusted IHS Markit Flash Composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) jumped to 51.3 points in May, climbing from 50.1 points in April and signaling the fastest private-sector activity growth in six months. May’s upturn reflected stronger services-sector activity once again offset by a fall in manufacturing output—although the pace of losses slowed somewhat from April.

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  • France: Inflation edges up in April

    May 15, 2019

    On 15 May, the Statistical Institute (INSEE) reported that consumer prices rose 0.3% from a month earlier in April (March: +0.8% month-on-month).

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  • France: Industrial output falls in March

    May 10, 2019

    Industrial output contracted 0.9% month-on-month and in seasonally-adjusted terms in March, on the heels of a revised 0.1% month-on-month expansion in February (previously reported: +0.4% month-on-month s.a.).

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  • France: Growth steady through Q1

    April 30, 2019

    France’s economy grew 0.3% quarter-on-quarter and in seasonally-adjusted terms in the first quarter, according to a first estimate released by the Statistical Institute (INSEE).

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