French President Francois Hollande said 2013 will be very tough for Europe’s second-largest economy, with gross domestic product barely growing in the first half.
Speaking on Europe 1 radio today, Hollande said unemployment, which is already at a 14-year high, will rise until the end of next year. He reiterated his budget-deficit target of 3 percent of GDP for 2013.
France’s economy will begin a “slight” recovery of 0.1 percent in the first half after shrinking in the final quarter of 2012, national statistics office Insee predicted.
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