30 May 2016 at 8:44 GMT
The latest suite of first-quarter data from France show the country's economy to have grown faster than expected in early 2016, with improvements in corporate investment responsible for much of the gain. "Growth accelerated to 0.6%, instead from the 0.5% estimated April 29, reports France’s statistics office, with the economy expanding 1.4% from one year prior. "The improved first quarter represents good news for President Francois Hollande as he battles unions to try to loosen French labour law and improve job creation;" reports Bloomberg. The boost will be welcomed by Hollande as strikes and shortages across the country have led to disorder and political criticism in recent days.
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