François Hollande Not Afraid To Have Uncomfortable Conversations

French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday he will raise concerns about a possible $10 billion-plus U.S. fine on BNP Paribas that he considers “disproportionate” with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama. France’s biggest listed bank is under investigation by U.S. authorities over whether it evaded U.S. sanctions, mainly on Sudan, Iran and Syria, between 2002 and 2009, and Hollande said he would tackle Obama on the potential fine when they meet on Thursday. “I don’t know if he wants to talk about it, but I will talk to him about it,” Hollande told reporters during a trip to Warsaw. [Reuters]

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19 Responses to “François Hollande Not Afraid To Have Uncomfortable Conversations”

  1. Guest says:

    Since Obama is already following the French in the quasi-socialist / old Europe economic model he might as well let Frenchy boss him around on BNP's fines.

  2. guest says:

    you go girl!

  3. guest says:

    unrelated, but I love the idea of people calling Hollande "Frank."

  4. Guest says:

    L'Obama, bama, banana

  5. Turnip Truck says:

    Whatever. Hollande's going to try to corner Obama, Obama's going to excuse himself to go to the restroom, and Hollande, faced with the insuperable obstacle of the door with the little dude sign on it, is going to give up. For a Frenchman, that's a supreme effort!

  6. lacave says:

    bnp pays 5b……obama gets trip to st tropes………..gets to dj at lacave for diddys white party………all is forgiven and much champagne is consumed………….hope im invited………