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French lockdown will hit economic growth, finance minister warns

Bruno Le Maire’s forecast follows imposition of third national lockdown by Emmanuel Macron

A fresh lockdown in France will dent economic growth this year but it is too early to say by how much, the finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, has warned.

Amid concerns that increasing infection rates across much of continental Europe will slow the recovery from the pandemic, Le Maire indicated on Friday that a forecast of 6% GDP growth this year may need to be revised downwards.

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