January 8, 2019 / 7:48 AM / 9 months ago

French trade deficit widened to 5.1 billion euros in November

FILE PHOTO: People walk on the esplanade of La Defense in the financial and business district of La Defense, west of Paris, France March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s trade deficit widened to 5.1 billion euros (4.57 billion pounds)in November, from 4.1 billion euros in October, according to official data published on Tuesday, piling more pressure on the euro zone’s second-biggest economy.

France has been hit by violent anti-government protests since mid-November that have hit the tourism and retail sectors.

The INSEE official statistics office forecast last month that the French economy eked out growth of only 0.2 percent in the final quarter of 2018 as confidence in the retail sector nosedived.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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