LONDON, April 24 Rating agency Moody's said on
Monday it would wait until after next month's deciding French
election vote to assess the impact on the country's credit
"Moody's will assess any credit implications associated with
the presidential election once the outcome is known," the
agency, which has France at Aa2 with a stable outlook, said in a
"Fiscal and economic policies are likely to be key rating
drivers under the next French presidency given the country's
debt and growth challenges," it added.
The agency's top European analyst said in January that
France's rating could be weakened if far-right party leader
Marine Le Pen reached the second round of the presidential
elections, as that alone could influence the shape of policies.
Le Pen did make it through the first round vote on Sunday,
though she is expected to lose the deciding vote on May 7 to
Centrist Emmanuel Macron.
(Reporting by Marc Jones; editing by Claire Milhench)