France’s finance minister has denied that the eurozone’s second-biggest country has revised down its economic prospects for 2013.
Pierre Moscovici was quoted on Saturday as saying that France’s economy might shrink 0.1% this year, after predicting 0.1% growth earlier this year.
But he said on Sunday: “I have not made any revision on the forecast of growth in France.”
He added that a new forecast might appear with the new budget next month.
France has not had a year of negative growth since 2009.
“We know the trends and this year growth will be weak and between -0.1% and 0.1%,” Mr Moscovici told the Nice Matin newspaper on Saturday. “What is important is that the trend has reversed.