PARIS: Twitter, the microblogging service, has seen its growth rate slow to almost zero in France, new figures suggest.

Research firm ComScore reported the site has enjoyed a rapid rise in the country, as the number of unique visitors logging on via PCs leapt from 78,000 in October 2008 to 1.5m in October 2009.

Uptake continued to increase in early 2010, as totals hit approximately 2.5m in March, before then trending downwards.

Indeed, interest is currently levelling off, with Twitter's audience remaining stable at roughly 2m netizens over the period to October 2010.

Médiamétrie, the measurement company, stated Facebook boasted 26m users in France during October, leaving it considerably ahead of Twitter.

Ifop also estimated this month that 7% of the French online population have joined Twitter, compared with 43% for Facebook.

Data sourced from Le Figaro; additional content by Warc staff