France braced for almost zero economic growth

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Figures expected to show on Thursday that French economy barely expanded during second quarter of this year after stagnating in the first.

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François Hollande celebrated his 60th birthday this week with his four children in the relative peace and quiet of an official holiday in southern France. But if the country’s embattled socialist president was hoping for some respite from what has been a testing year, he can probably think again, reports The Financial Times.