Soccer-France, Germany switch off economies, switch on TVs for crunch tie

Newswire

PARIS/BERLIN, July 4 (Reuters) - The euro zone's two largest economies slipped into low gear on Friday as workers in Germany and France skipped shifts or put up TV screens in the workplace to watch the crunch World Cup quarter-final between their nations. Politics also ground slowly to a halt, with the ruling Socialists in France even demanding that the day's session be curtailed to end at 6:00 p.m. (1600 GMT) - kick-off time - to accommodate senators eager to follow the match ...

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