PARIS — The success of French automakers has been passed onto supplier factories in France, whose sales were up 3.6% to E19.7 billion (US$17.8 billion) in the year’s first half. The French suppliers’ group FIEV says automotive production in France was up 6.3% in the first six months, while parts sales to OEMs were up 6.8%. Uncertainty in the world markets as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorism in the U.S. and the resulting action in Afghanistan probably mean the boom times are over, but ...

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