French economy seen rebounding 19% in third quarter, 3% in fourth quarter
The French economy is set to rebound sharply in the second half of the year after an unprecedented slump in the first half due to a lockdown to contain the coronavirus, the INSEE stats agency said on Wednesday, Trend reports with reference to Reuters.
The euro zone’s second-biggest economy likely contracted 17% in the second quarter from the previous three months, unchanged from a June forecast and already on the heels of a 5.3% slump in the first quarter, INSEE said.
The economy was set to rebound 19% in the third quarter and a further 3% in the fourth quarter, leaving the economy down about 9% over the full year, INSEE estimated.
The government put France under one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe in mid-March and began lifting restrictions on May 11.