France may go into recession this year
Paris, Oct 3 (DPA) After shrinking by 0.3 cent in the second quarter of this year, France's economy will continue to contract for the next two quarters, plunging the country into a recession, the government's statistical office Insee said Friday.
According to the forecast, France's GDP is to contract by 0.1 percent in each of the next two quarters. A recession is defined by two consecutive quarters of negative growth.
'If the financial turbulence does not get worse,' GDP growth for 2008 will be 0.9 percent, Insee said in a statement. The French economy grew by 2.1 percent last year and by 2.4 percent in 2006.
As a result, unemployment in France will climb to 7.4 percent by the end of the year, from the current 7.2 percent, Insee said.
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