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World Cup good for French economic growth - finance minister

France beat Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday to go to Sunday’s final when they will play either England or Croatia.

France's supporters celebrate France's 1-0 victory over Belgium during the semifinals of Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament outside the Saint Petersburg Stadium on 10 July 2018. Picture: AFP

PARIS - France’s World Cup soccer triumphs, which have taken “Les Bleus” to the tournament final, should be generally positive for the country’s economy, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said.

France beat Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday to go to Sunday’s final when they will play either England or Croatia.

“It’s good for growth,” Le Maire told France 2 television on Wednesday, without giving any more specific details.

The French economy, the second-biggest in the euro zone, has recently shown signs of stalling after a pick-up that followed President Emmanuel Macron’s election in May last year.

The World Cup often boosts consumer spending. In Britain, shoppers spent more on beer, barbecues and big-screen televisions in June but the overall increase in sales slowed, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

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