06 Aug '11, 11am

France has 'total confidence' in US economy

France has 'total confidence' in US economy

PARIS: France has "total confidence" in the solidity of the US economy, Economy Minister Francois Baroin told AFP on Saturday, the first European minister to react to the US rating downgrade. "France has total confidence in the solidity and the fundamentals of the US economy, and the American government's determination to implement the plan (to reduce the deficit) approved by Congress this week," he said. Standard & Poor's cut the United States' top-rank triple-A rating down a notch, to AA+, for the first time ever on Friday, technically signalling that the country's reliability for paying its debts had decreased. "Standard & Poor's rating is only one element in the appreciation of the United States financial situation. I note that the two other key agencies -- Moody's and Fitch -- confirmed the triple-A rating. It raises questions on taking a decision on the basis of figu...

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