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The political uncertainty is putting pressure on the French financial markets


A screenshot shows French President Emmanuel Macron speaking during a televised address to the nation, announcing he is dissolving the National Assembly and the lower house of the French parliament and calling new general elections on June 30. Ludovic Marin/AFP/dpa

The calling of early parliamentary elections in France continued to weigh heavily on the country’s financial markets on Tuesday.

The stock markets fell noticeably and the euro also remained under pressure. Yields on French, but also Italian, government bonds rose sharply.

On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron surprisingly announced early elections for the National Assembly. These will take place on June 30 and July 7.

The reason for the announcement was the clear victory of the right-wing nationalist National Rally (RN) in the European Parliament elections. According to polls, National Rally is also ahead in the parliamentary elections.

France’s left-wing parties aim to enter the elections as an alliance, which also worsens the electoral prospects for Macron’s centrist bloc. Both the right-wing and left-wing parties make big spending promises to voters.

The rating agency S&P Global Ratings, formerly Standard and Poor’s, recently downgraded France’s credit rating. On Tuesday, ratings agency Moody’s said the early elections would further jeopardize fiscal consolidation in France.

The prices of French government bonds came under pressure again on Tuesday. The yield on 10-year government bonds in turn rose to 3.32%, the highest level since November 2023. Yields also rose noticeably in Italy.

The French CAC 40 fell 1.22% to 7,798.5 points in the early afternoon. The euro fell to $1.0724, the lowest level since early May.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire sounded a warning in an interview for the television channel BFMTV. “We are in danger of a national crisis” if a clear majority is not achieved in the parliamentary elections, he said, adding that the elections “are about the future of the French nation.”

The minister called for the defense of fundamental values.

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