This technically counts as a “green shoot” in Europe.
French PMI actually ticked higher, from 43.8 in February to 44.0 in March.
Unfortunately, anything sub-50 is a sign of contraction, and anything as low as 44 is deep contraction.
So just like all of the other European countries reporting PMIs today, France is in a really bad state.
Here’s the general overview from Markit:
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