(Adds Goldman on Swedish crown, yen options expiry)
* Euro down another third of a percent from Tuesday close
* Gains for dollar index minimal as yen gains
* Graphic: World FX rates in 2016 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh
By Patrick Graham
LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The euro fell another third of a percent against the dollar on Wednesday, as concerns around a resurgence in political risk to the single currency project drove its worst run of daily losses in almost two months.
The yen, however, inched up to 112.20 per dollar, a move towards the perceived security of Japan pointing to the growth in concerns around global political risks and the Trump presidency that has dominated recent days.
The dollar was wobbling at the start of this week, a low wages number having quashed bets on a rise in U.S. interest rates in March and cooled expectations for the scale of monetary tightening this year.
Concerns over the impact on the world economy of President Trump’s protectionism and immigration policy have weighed on the greenback, along with the new administration’s hints that it would prefer a weaker dollar.
Over the last two days, however, that has all played second fiddle to France’s presidential election race and question marks over further international financial support for Greece. The dollar index had its best day in a month on Tuesday and it was up another 0.3 percent in morning trade in Europe.
“The French political noise has brought the euro down and that has given the dollar a reprieve,” said Gavin Friend, a strategist with National Australia Bank in London.
“Markets know that if Trump was to come out and start talking about tax reform and infrastructure spending, the dollar would go up. The dollar rose a long way at the end of last year, it has come back, now we are sitting around waiting for the next steer.”
Having fallen as low as $1.0643 in Asian time, the euro traded 0.3 percent lower on the day at $1.0651 by 1220 GMT.
Uncertainty about the two rounds of the French presidential election on April 23 and May 7 drove the premium that investors demand for holding French over German government debt to its highest in more than four years.
Opinion polls show Centrist Emmanuel Macron slightly ahead of conservative Francois Fillon in the first round, but behind far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who has vowed to pull France out of the euro zone and hold a vote on its membership in the European Union.
Against the yen, the euro lost half a percent to 119.55, its lowest since Dec. 5. Dealers said a $2 billion options expiry at 112 yen was likely to stand in the way of further gains before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets Trump on Friday.
Sweden’s crown and the Swiss franc, European alternatives to holding euros whose central banks have worked to oppose appreciation, gained 0.2-0.3 percent.
“We think that the (crown) currency can continue to strengthen in the coming months without triggering a response from the Riksbank,” Goldman Sachs analysts said in a morning note. They forecast the crown at 9.15, 9.00 and 8.70 in 3, 6 and 12 months respectively, compared to 9.4524 on Wednesday.
Both the dollar and yen have also drawn some support from a return of nerves around China’s yuan following the new year holiday.
“After the difficult first few weeks of the year, we see more strength for the dollar coming through,” said Alessio de Longis, a portfolio manager and macro strategist with Oppenheimer Funds in New York.
“My goal would still be the euro approaching parity over the course of this year.” (Writing by Patrick Graham; Editing by Andrew Heavens)