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France says BNP Paribas' $10 bln U.S. fine "unreasonable"
June 3, 2014 / 6:18 AM / 4 years ago

France says BNP Paribas' $10 bln U.S. fine "unreasonable"

PARIS, June 3 (Reuters) - France’s foreign minister said on Tuesday his country would defend the interests of French bank BNP Paribas PA> after it faced the prospect of a $10 billion-plus fine from the United States and called the penalty “unreasonable.”

“The fine has to be proportionate and reasonable,” Laurent Fabius said on France 2 television. “These figures are not reasonable.”

Fabius said the United States should deal with the issue as partner and not unilaterally.

Reporting By John Irish; editing by Dominique Vidalon

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