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French inflation picked up more than expected in June at 1.4%

PARIS, June 28 (Reuters) - French inflation picked up more than expected in June as prices for fresh food surged and prices for services firmed, preliminary EU-harmonised data from the INSEE statistics agency showed on Friday.

INSEE said that consumer prices rose 0.3% this month, giving a 12-month inflation rate of 1.4%, up from 1.1% in May, which was the lowest rate since nearly two years.

The June increase, driven by a jump in fresh food prices of 3.8% over 12 months, surpassed expectations with the average forecast in a Reuters poll of 21 economists at 1.1%.

In addition to the surge in fresh food prices, the overall increase in June was also driven by higher services prices, which rose 1.1% in June over 12 months after rising only 0.6% the previous month.

Separately, INSEE said that producer prices fell 0.4% in May, giving an increase of 0.8% over 12 months. (Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)