France, the second largest economy in the euro zone, released the final gross domestic product figures for the fourth quarter of 2011, where the quarterly index expanded in line with expectations by 0.2% from the previous of 0.3% recorded in the third quarter.

Over annual basis, the final index expanded in a slower than expected pace by 1.3% from the first reading and the expected 1.4%, less than the previous expansion of 1.6% recorded in the third quarter.