The French bank BNP Paribas, of which the Belgian government is the largest shareholder, has expressed interest in a takeover of the Dutch bank ABN Amro. This is reported by Bloomberg news agency citing anonymous sources.
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ABN Amro has the Dutch government as the largest shareholder. The French are said to have recently spoken with the Dutch government. The latter would not seriously investigate the interest for the time being, nor would there be any in-depth negotiations. That did not prevent the share of ABN Amro on the Dutch stock market from rising 17 percent in response to the news.