Faced with the turmoil in the financial markets, “we are attentive”, says Christine Lagarde

Faced with the turmoil in the financial markets, “we are attentive”, says Christine Lagarde
Faced with the turmoil in the financial markets, “we are attentive”, says Christine Lagarde
The President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Christine Lagarde during a visit to the Pasqal company, specializing in quantum computing, on June 17, 2024 in Massy, ​​near Paris (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP)

“We are attentive to the proper functioning of the financial markets,” said the President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Christine Lagarde on Monday, when asked about the upheavals caused by the political crisis in France.

“My obsessive objective is to bring inflation back to the medium-term target of 2%. Price stability is of course understood in parallel with financial stability. So we are attentive to the proper functioning of the financial markets” , replied the manager, when asked about the fall in the stock markets at the end of last week.

“We continue to be attentive of course, but it is limited to that,” added Ms. Lagarde, on the sidelines of a visit to the French company Pasqal, specializing in quantum computing, in Massy (Essone).

The Parisian CAC 40 index erased all of its annual gains on Friday after a fall of more than 6% over the week, following the announcement of a dissolution of the National Assembly and the risk of institutional blockages .

The interest rate gap between France and Germany at 10 years, a tool for measuring the confidence placed by investors in a country, has crossed 80 basis points, a record since the crisis of debt that hit the eurozone more than a decade ago, according to Swissquote Bank analyst Ipek Ozkardeskaya.

Furthermore, when asked about her possible political future in France, Christine Lagarde brushed aside the question. “You have to stay in your place and maintain your rank. Today as President of the ECB my imperative objective is to bring inflation down to 2%. This may seem trivial given the political issues, current debates, etc. . But (…) that’s why I was sent,” she said.

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