The French statistical office Insee its industrial production figures on Thursday. Industrial production in France climbed 1.3% in January, exceeding expectations for a 0.8% increase, after a 0.6% fall in December. December's figure was revised up from a 1.6% drop.
Manufacturing output increased 0.8% in January, while construction output jumped 7.3%.
Output in mining and quarrying, energy, water supply and waste management climbed 4.9% in January.
On a yearly basis, the French industrial production climbed 1.9% in January, after a 2.0% gain in December.