Industrial production rose by 1.2 percent in October from September, according to data from the INSEE national statistics office on Friday, beating economists' average forecast for an expansion of 0.7 percent in a Reuters poll.
Separate customs data showed that the trade deficit narrowed to 4.1 billion euros ($4.7 billion) in October, the smallest deficit since July and much smaller than the 6.0 billion euros expected by economists.
Exports jumped 6.2 percent from September as Airbus delivered 41 aircraft while cruise ships were sent to clients. Imports rose 2.5 percent.
Protests by a grassroots movement against the high cost of living are upsetting some manufacturing supply chains and violent clashes mostly in Paris have caused retailers to miss out on peak shopping days.
($1 = 0.8795 euros) (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Leigh Thomas; Editing by Dominique Vidalon and Jon Boyle)
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