The French statistical office Insee its industrial production figures on Wednesday. Industrial production in France fell 0.9% in April, missing expectations for a 0.4% gain, after a 0.3% decline in March. It was the first decrease in five months.
The decline was driven by declines in aerospace, automobiles and textiles.
Output in the transport equipment sector plunged 3.3% in April due to a 5.0% drop in transport equipment and a 1.4% decline in the automobile sector.
On a yearly basis, the French industrial production rose 1.1% in April, after a 1.3% gain in March.
Construction output declined 0.8% in April, after a 0.5% increase in March.