01 February 2000: France Trésor : selection of two new Primary Dealers

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Christian Sautter, Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry, announces the appointment, from this day on, of two new Primary dealers on the French debt (called " SVT "), following an audition of these banks by the SVT's selection committee :

Natexis Banques Populaires and Salomon Brothers International LTD

Theses two establishments, in joigning the 18 other SVTs, will contribute with them to the efficiency, liquidity and transparency of the French Government Securities market. Their commitment as Primary Dealers illustrates the attractiveness of the French Government Securities and the dynamism of the Paris financial center.

As was announced in the French government indicative financing program for 2000, the general selection of the French Primary dealers will take place at the beginning of 2001.