BRITAIN OVERTAKES FRANCE AS EUROPE’ LARGEST STOCK MARKET

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BRITAIN OVERTAKES FRANCE AS EUROPE’ LARGEST STOCK MARKET – Macron’s decision to call a snap election caused turmoil in markets

Britain has overtaken France as Europe’s largest stock exchange after Emmanuel Macron’s decision to call a snap election resulted in market turmoil.

Stocks in France are now worth £2.47 trillion, falling behind Britain’s markets, which are jointly worth £2.51 trillion according to data compiled.

The CAC 40 stock index in Paris had its worst week since 2002 after the surprise parliamentary elections were called in France, erasing all its gains this year after hitting record highs just a month earlier.

Shares of banks such as BNP Paribas and Credit Agricole slumped by more than 10% each. Both banks are holders of French bonds, which suffered a sharp sell-off last week.

It sent the French Government’s borrowing costs soaring, with interest rates on 10-year debt matching that of Portugal for the first time in 20 years.

Meanwhile, the FTSE 100 in the UK has hit record highs this year as investors are attracted by what are considered relatively cheap valuations.

It has also been boosted by some new stock market listings, such as Raspberry Pi last week.

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