AAA? Au Contraire

Randal Hines called it… the euro is in major trouble. Behold:

“Between now and April, France will be rolling over and extending 96.7 billion €, a huge sum when combined with Italy and Spain’s refinancing needs for the same period. France has the biggest debt burden of the top-rated Euro nations, at 85 percent of gross domestic product. Its financial institutions also have the largest debt holdings in the five crisis-hit countries, at 681 billion € ($921 billion) as of June, according to data from the Bank for International Settlements in Basel. Keeping its triple-A rating is paramount, if France is to keep its borrowing costs at manageable levels.”

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