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French Bonds, Stocks Rally and Euro Climbs on Election Relief

  • Ten-year France-Germany spread reaches lowest since January
  • CAC 40 index reaches nine-year high on Macron, Le Pen win
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Le Pen, Macron to Faceoff in Presidential Runoff

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French assets surged after a win for centrist Emmanuel Macron and nationalist Marine Le Pen in the first round of the nation’s presidential election provided a market-friendly outcome.

The CAC 40 index of shares jumped to its highest level since 2008, boosted by gains in the country’s banks, while the yield spread between French 10-year securities and benchmark German bunds narrowed to the lowest since January. A place for Macron in the second round avoids investors’ nightmare scenario of a contest between the anti-euro Le Pen and the Communist-backed Jean-Luc Melenchon.