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François Hollande Not Afraid To Have Uncomfortable Conversations

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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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