French economy grew 1.1% in 2015, fastest in four years

France’s economy grew 1.1 percent in 2015, its biggest jump in four years which the government hailed as confirmation of a turnaround after years of economic stagnation, official statistics showed Friday. The eurozone’s second-biggest economy posted growth of 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter, down from 0.3 percent in the July-September period, national statistics agency INSEE said. The full-year growth figure, up from 0.2 percent in 2014, was in line with the government’s predictions but lagged the 1.5-percent growth expected in the wider eurozone in 2015, according to INSEE.

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