France's economy is forecast to expand by 0.5% in the fourth quarter, maintaining a steady pace of growth from the previous three months, the country's central bank confirmed in a second estimate today. 

The French economy is on course for its strongest year of gross domestic product  growth since 2011.

This comes at a time when President Emmanuel Macron, elected earlier this year, is looking to push ahead with reforms. 

France's INSEE statistics agency has projected growth of 1.8% for 2017, above the government's 1.7% forecast. 

The Bank of France said in its monthly business climate report that sentiment in the industrial sector stood at 106 points in November, unchanged from October when it marked the highest reading since April 2011. 

The sentiment indicator for the services industry was also steady at 102 in November, its highest level since June 2011.

In construction, the business sentiment indicator rose to 104 points from 103 in October, reaching its highest point since December 2007.