National statistics office INSEE said the European-Union harmonised consumer price index rose by 0.2 percent month-on-month in November and by 0.5 percent compared to the same period a year earlier.
The readings were in line with forecasts from a Reuters poll of economists.
Tobacco prices jumped 4.2 percent compared with the previous month and 4.5 percent in the 12 months to end-November.
Services fell 0.2 percent on the month but rose 1.8 percent year-on-year, boosted by a strong rise in rents and water and waste bills.
'As expected, annual inflation stood in positive territory for the first time since April,' said Diego Iscaro, economist at IHS Global Insight.
'Inflation is likely to continue to trend upwards in the coming months, as base effects become increasingly less favourable,' he said.
Consumer prices inched up across the euro zone in November after five straight months of falls, easing any lingering deflationary fears.
But inflationary pressures remain subdued in the region due to weak consumer demand and the ongoing rise in unemployment.
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