May 29, 2017 / 8:18 AM / 4 months ago

France in 'serious' talks with banks looking to leave London - Villeroy

Governor of the Bank of France Francois Villeroy de Galhau attends a news conference held at the close of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Chengdu in Southwestern China's Sichuan province, Sunday, July 24, 2016. REUTERS/Ng Han Guan/Pool

PARIS (Reuters) - French officials are having serious talks with financial institutions looking to leave London as Britain prepares to quit the European Union, ECB Governing Council member Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Monday.

“We are having discrete but numerous and serious contacts,” Villeroy, who is also head of the French central bank and financial sector supervisor, told journalists.

“Paris has every chance” of attracting banks, he added.

Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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