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Crude steel output in France was up 3.5% in November 2013, compared with the same period last year.

Blast furnace production in November picked up by 12.9%, totalling 860,000 tonnes.

However electric arc furnace (EAF) output fell 10.6% year-on-year to 456,000 tonnes.

For the first eleven months of 2013, total French crude steel production fell 0.9% to 14.5 million tonnes compared with 2012.

Over those eleven months, EAF output fell 10.5% to 5.1 million tonnes, while blast furnace production was up 5.3% to 9.3 million tonnes.

“It should be noted that the production of the first eleven months of 2013 is approximately 20% lower than the average reached in the same period between 2004 and 2008,” the FFA added.