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France’s Wheat Exports in Question as Rain Spoils Quality

French soft wheat exports, the European Union’s biggest, are at risk of falling after grain cooperatives reported rain spoiled grain quality across the east and north of the country.

Sprouting damage to wheat will hurt France’s ability to sell to North Africa, said Francois Luguenot, head of market analysis at Paris-based Union InVivo, the biggest exporter of French wheat. Valfrance, a cooperative north of Paris, reported part of the 2014 harvest is unsuitable for milling.