March 17, 2020 / 7:08 AM / 14 days ago

France to mobilise 45 billion euros to fight coronavirus impact - minister

PARIS, March 17 (Reuters) - France will mobilise 45 billion euros ($50.22 billion) in crisis measures for its companies with the economy expected to contract 1% this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday.

“We don’t want bankruptcies” Le Maire told French RTL radio

On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron said the government would guarantee 300 billion euros ($335 billion)worth of loans to help businesses get through the coronavirus crisis.

$1 = 0.8952 euros Reporting by Leigh Thomas and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Writing by Matthieu Protard Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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