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Belgium sells part of its stake in BNP Paribas for 2 billion euros - bookrunner

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of French BNP Paribas bank is seen in central Paris December 15, 2008.Charles Platiau/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - Belgium has sold a quarter of the stake it holds in France's biggest listed bank BNP Paribas for around 2 billion euros (1.7 billion pounds), a bookrunner for the deal said.

The country, which acquired the stake in 2008 as a result of a bailout of Belgian financial group Fortis, said the deal would result in Belgium trimming back its stake in BNP Paribas to 7.8 percent from 10.3 percent previously.

Belgium is keen to keep a strategic share in BNP Paribas, the country's finance ministry said on Wednesday.

Reporting by Arno Schuetze; Writing by Maya Nikolaeva; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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