Weakness of French growth 'surprising': ECB chief economist

France is projecting gross domestic product (GDP) growth of around 1% in 2015 and 1.5% next yearThe European Central Bank finds the weak performance of the French economy surprising, its chief economist Peter Praet told AFP in an interview, urging Paris to press ahead with reforms. “What is most striking about France is that it hasn’t had serious debt or banking crises like other countries,” Praet said. The French government’s “willingness to press ahead with reforms is real but the implementation is very difficult,” Praet said.

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