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French trade deficit widens

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A steep drop in exports drove France’s trade deficit in May to its highest in just over a year and a half.

It widened to 5.5 billion euros from 4.26 billion in April.

That casts a shadow over second-quarter growth in the euro zone’s second-largest economy.

However analysts said the decline came from reduced exports of notoriously volatile products like aircraft and petrol.