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French manufacturing less optimistic in June

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French manufacturing business sentiment fell in June after business leaders became less optimistic as their international order books grew thinner, statistics showed.

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Confidence dipped to 102 - two points above the long-term average - from 104 in May, statistics agency Insee said. Business sentiment in June was below the 103 economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had expected.

A wider measure of business confidence - including services, wholesale, construction and retail - fell in June to 100 up from 102 in May.

Insee said confidence fell in the manufacturing, retail industry and services industries.

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