Non-residents hold 62% of French public debt

Banque de France has announced non-residents were holding 61.6% of the French public debt at end 2015 against 63.8% at end 2014.

Foreign investments in securities issued by resident monetary financial institutions have drawn €8bn inflows at the end of last year.

Other figures of Banque de France show that investors based outside France owned around 60% of debt securities issued by French private firms as at 31 December 2015.

Non-residents also held 40% of French equity securities, down 1% compared to end 2014.

Adrien Paredes-Vanheule
Adrien Paredes-Vanheule is French-Speaking Europe Correspondent for InvestmentEurope, covering France, Belgium, Geneva and Monaco. Prior to joining InvestmentEurope, he spent almost five years writing for various publications in Monaco, primarily as a criminal and financial court reporter. Before that, he worked for newspapers and radio stations in France, in particular in Lyon.

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