UPDATE 1-French economy dogged by weak spending, fiscal strain

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* Consumer spending down 0.2 percent in February * France misses 2012 budget deficit target (Recasts, adds quotes, details throughout) By Ingrid Melander PARIS, March 29 (Reuters) - Bleak French consumer spending and budget deficit data on Friday highlighted the Sisyphean task facing the government, which insists it can meet its pledges to revive growth and the public finances. President Francois Hollande sought to reassure the ...

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