Growth in France's chocolate and sugar confectionery segments will be slow until 2017, according to predictions from Canadean, which cites a tough economic environment and national focus on health among the contributing factors. "[In] confectionery, French consumers are more health-conscious than their European cousins, particularly when it comes to children's nutritional needs. This [will] hold back the confectionery market as parents keep a close eye on their children's consumption," said Ronan Stafford, market analyst at Canadean.

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