France expected to slide into recession in 2009
France will follow Germany, the US and Japan into recession by early next year as rising unemployment and the fallout of the financial crisis prove too much for the eurozone's second largest economy, the national statistics agency predicted Friday.


In its twice-yearly economic outlook report, statistics agency Insee forecast the French economy will shrink by a worse-than-expected 0.8% in the fourth quarter, and by another 0.4% in the first quarter of 2009 - two consecutive quarters of economic decline being a common definition of recession. (AP)