France loses out in ‘flight to quality’

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Series Details 15.7.11
Publication Date 15/07/2011
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Could France become the next victim of the current crisis of confidence in European debt markets? In mid-July 2011 the difference between French and German borrowing costs rose to its highest since 1997. French banks also came under the spotlight for their exposure not only to Greek debt, but to Italian and Spanish as well.

However, rating agencies do not appear too concerned. Recent measures taken by President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government to bring public spending under control – pension reform, civil servant wage freezes and job cuts – have reassured some that France is on the right track.

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