France raises deficit forecasts amid low growth

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Photo - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, and French president Francois Hollande  leave at the end of the Cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris Wednesday, April . 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, and French president Francois Hollande leave at the end of the Cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris Wednesday, April . 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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PARIS (AP) — The French government has raised its public deficit forecasts amid slow growth, but is still pledging to meet the European Union deficit target of 3 percent next year.

A plan aimed at reducing France's debt over the next three years was presented Wednesday during a Cabinet meeting. It raises the 2014 public deficit forecast from 3.6 percent of France's annual gross domestic product to 3.8 percent, and the 2015 forecast from 2.8 percent to 3 percent.

France's Socialist government has already outlined a 50 billion euros ($29 billion) effort in state spending cuts by 2017.

The plan also confirmed growth forecasts of 1 percent in 2014 and 1.7 percent in 2015.

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