French election unnerves investors

“France is starting to really freak out investors”, says Sar Sjolin on This week French bond prices slipped to an 18-month low, sending the ten-year government bond yield (yields move inversely to prices) to almost 1.2%, from a record low of 0.1% last July. The yield gap with the German ten-year Bund, considered a safe haven, reached almost 0.8%, a four-year high.

The worry is that François Fillon, the centre-right candidate, has fatally damaged his bid for the presidency after allegedly misusing public funds by paying his wife and children [...]

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