France outpaces UK with 0.5% growth in Q2 as exports surge – business live

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The news that France’s economy grew by a healthy 0.5% last quarter should reassure investors, says Naeem Aslam of Think Markets:

Over in Europe, the French GDP data brought more light for the Eurozone’s economy. The problem child of the Eurozone is no longer a problem child, in fact, it has grown up and living up to the expectations.

Bloomberg journalist Mark Deen reckons the French economy has entered a purple patch:

French GDP in best run since 2011. Numbers strong if you dig into them – external trade contributing 0.8%, biggest such since 2010

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