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France, Germany blast Facebook's Libra, back public cryptocurrency


HELSINKI (Reuters) - France and Germany said on Friday that Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) Libra currency posed risks to the financial sector that could block its authorization in Europe, and backed the development of an alternative public cryptocurrency.

The criticism came as the European Central Bank said it was working on a long-term plan to launch a public digital currency that could make projects such as Libra redundant.

Virtual currencies pose risks to consumers, financial stability and even “the monetary sovereignty” of European states, France’s finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, and his German counterpart, Olaf Scholz, said in a ...


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