Skip to comments.EU: France Begins Bail Outs
Posted on 09/02/2012 8:40:40 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
French government to rescue mortgage lender CIF
Frances government plans to intervene to rescue Credit Immobilier de France after the struggling mortgage lender was hit by a liquidity crisis following a recent downgrade by credit rating agency Moodys, Le Figaro newspaper reported Saturday.
CIFs board met Friday night and formally demanded government help, the newspaper said, without naming its sources.
The lender, which has about 300 branches throughout France, did not return a phone call seeking comment. The government was not available for comment.
As a condition of a state guarantee backing the group, the government demanded the resignation of Claude Sadoun, the groups CEO, the newspaper said.
CIF has been looking for a buyer since at least May after its future was thrown into doubt by the evaporation of once-cheap funding from credit markets, on which it depends to finance its operations.
Earlier this week business daily Les Echos reported that another government-owned bank, Banque Postale, was opposed to rescuing CIF itself.
The mortgage lender at this point is most likely to be wound down with government backing rather than being sold or revived, the paper said.
Maybe Corzine can find work in France.
Government propping up failing business with the money taken from the peasants by force/fiat doesn’t sound very egalitarian to me.
“...the struggling mortgage lender was hit by a liquidity crisis following a recent downgrade by credit rating agency Moodys...”
Should read: “Credit rating agency Moody’s downgraded the struggling mortgage lender after it was hit by a liquidity crisis...”