MOODY'S AFFIRMS FRANCE'S AAA RATING

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STORY: MOODY'S AFFIRMS FRANCE'S AAA RATINGDATELINE: Jan. 17, 2012LENGTH: 0:01:54LOCATION: New YorkCATEGORY: EconomyPKGINTROMoody's says France can keep its triple-A rating, despite rival ratings agency Standard & Poor's having downgraded the eurozone state.But Moody's also says France's fiscal position and potential bank bailout could affect its stable outlook.PKGMoody's on Monday confirmed France's triple-A credit rating but said it was still reviewing whether it would maintain its "stable" outlook for the debt-laden country.The agency made this assessment just three days after S&P downgraded France's top rating by one notchS&P's decision could seriously impact French President Nicolas Sarkozy's bid for re-election this spring.Sarkozy made an appeal Sunday for calm in the wake of the downgrade, and said he would introduce more reforms to get France back on track.Moody's says French banks may need a bailout due to liability burdens, and the country's fiscal situation may also pose ris
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