ECB's Noyer sees upturn in French economy

Bank of France governor Christian Noyer was quoted on Thursday 11 March as saying he had hopes that French growth could accelerate despite the strength of the euro.

"For the moment we are at an annual growth rate of between 1.5 percent and two percent," he told business daily La Tribune.

"We can hope that in the course of the year we can get close to our potential growth rate, a bit higher than two percent," he added.

On concerns that the weakness of the dollar was holding back French exports

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