According to updated World Bank figures for 2017, India has become the world’s sixth-biggest economy, pushing France into seventh place.
The gross domestic product (GDP) of India amounted to $2.597 trillion at the end of last year, against $2.582 trillion for France.
India has doubled its GDP within a decade and is expected to power ahead as a key economic engine in Asia, even as China slows down.
According to the International Monetary Fund, India is projected to generate growth of 7.4 percent this year and 7.8 percent in 2019, boosted by household spending and a tax reform.
This compares to the world’s expected average growth of 3.9 percent.
India, with around 1.34 billion inhabitants, is poised to become the world’s most populous nation, whereas the French population stands at 67 million.
This means that India’s per capita GDP continues to amount to just a fraction of that of France which is still roughly 20 times higher, according to World Bank figures.
The London-based Centre for Economics and Business Research, a consultancy, said at the end of last year that India would overtake both Britain and France this year in terms of GDP and had a good chance to become the world’s third-biggest economy by 2032.
India is the world’s sixth-largest economy beats France. At the end of 2017, Britain was still the world’s fifth-biggest economy with a GDP of $2.622 trillion.