French economy's lights "turn green"

Economic growth in France picked up in the third quarter, while inflation subsided in October. Data released on 10 November showed that the economy expanded by 0.7 percent in the third quarter, while October inflation figure was down to 2 percent compared to 2.4 percent in September.

The good news prompted Finance Minister Thierry Breton to suggest that "all the lights for the French economy [have] turned to green". He added that he expected the pick-up in growth to cut the budget deficit to t