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French industry morale fell in April to near three year low

PARIS, April 24 (Reuters) - French industrial confidence fell in April to its lowest level in nearly three years although overall business sentiment held steady, a survey showed on Wednesday.

The INSEE official statistics agency said its industrial confidence index fell to 101 points - the lowest since June 2016 - from 103 in March, which was revised down from a preliminary reading of 102.

The result fell slightly short of the 102 points expected on average in a Reuters' poll of economists.

The overall business morale was unchanged from March at 105, the highest level since November before confidence took a knock from a series of violent street protests against the government and the high cost of living. It was revised up from 104 in a preliminary reading in March.

Meanwhile, confidence in the dominant services sector held steady in April at 105 while the March reading was revised up from 103. (Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)