France sticks to 6% GDP growth forecast as lockdown narrows

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France sticks to 6% GDP growth forecast as lockdown narrows


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France is still seeing 6% gross domestic product growth this year, even after new lockdown measures took effect in Paris and other regions on Saturday to contain the coronavirus.

“I confirm our ambitions to achieve 6% growth in 2021,” said Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire in a radio interview on France Inter. “As we lift the restrictions, our ability to bounce back is extraordinary.”

Parts of France have been hit by a new border attack on Saturday, affecting around a third of the population. Businesses and essential schools will remain open, unlike previous stricter lockdowns, with measures to remain in place for four weeks.

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