PARIS (Reuters) - France’s INSEE official statistics agency confirmed on Tuesday a forecast of a 9% drop in gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
French economic activity should run at 95% of pre-epidemic levels in the third quarter and at 96% of pre-outbreak levels in the fourth, INSEE added.
Economic activity ran at 81% of pre-outbreak levels in Q2, data showed.
INSEE also said that employment fell by 0.9% in the second quarter after a -2% slump in Q1.
Reporting by Benoit van Overstraeten and Matthieu Protard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Louise Heavens
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