Paris attacks wipe a quarter off French growth: Central bank

People gather to hold a minute of silence in front of the Notre-Dame cathedral on Nov 16, 2015.
People gather to hold a minute of silence in front of the Notre-Dame cathedral on Nov 16, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

PARIS (AFP) - The economic impact of last month's attacks in Paris will likely wipe a quarter off the growth that had been expected in the final three months of the year, the Bank of France said on Tuesday (Dec 8).

The French central bank said it was now expecting 0.3 per cent growth in the fourth quarter, against 0.4 per cent previously.

A cut of 0.1 percentage points in growth represents around €500 million (S$765 million) in economic activity, according to an estimate by the French Treasury.

"Activity in services rose at a more moderate pace than in previous months," the Bank of France said in a statement.

The impact was biggest on hotels, restaurants and leisure activities, which "notably weakened in connection with the Nov 13 attacks".

Business services, meanwhile, continued to grow.

Corporate leaders were reporting an overall rise in activity in the month of December, the bank said, but industrial production growth was slowing down from November, and prices weakened, it said.

The bank reaffirmed last week its forecast for the French economy to grow by 1.2 per cent overall in 2015.