February 11, 2019 / 7:41 AM / 5 months ago

Bank of France sees French first quarter economic growth at 0.4 percent

FILE PHOTO - A general view shows the Eiffel Tower and the financial and business district in La Defense, west of Paris, France November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - France is expected to have first quarter economic growth of 0.4 percent, the Bank of France said in its monthly business survey on Monday, as the euro zone’s second-biggest economy grapples with the impact to business from anti-government protests.

First-quarter growth of 0.4 percent would represent a slight improvement from the fourth quarter of 2018, when the French economy grew by 0.3 percent.

The French government expects the country’s economy to grow by 1.7 percent for 2019.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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