After a sharp drop in previous months, sales of new vehicles in France gained momentum in June after gradual lifting of anti-coronavirus restrictions and a return to normalcy had encouraged consumers to make their purchases, official data showed Wednesday.
With 233,820 units sold last month, sales in the French auto market grew by 1.2 percent, the first such positive performance this year, said French Automobile Manufacturers Committee (CCFA).
In May, auto makers posted a decline of 50.34 percent to 96,310 vehicles, compared with the same period in 2019. April’s figures stood at minus 88.8 percent.
On May 26, President Emmanuel Macron unveiled an eight-billion-euro (8.86-billion-United States dollar) rescue plan to help the recovery of the domestic auto industry.
The plan focuses on the production of environmentally-friendly vehicles and the relocation of value-added production in France. (1 euro = 1.12 United States dollars)
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