Could France head back into recession?
5 December 2013 Last updated at 00:29 GMT
As the British economy enjoys some welcome growth, the picture across the English Channel is rather different.
There are fears that France could be heading back into recession after the latest figures showed the service sector was shrinking at an even faster rate than experts predicted.
It follows poor manufacturing data, published earlier this week and thousands protesting against tax reforms.
Gavin Hewitt reports from Paris.