French government to rescue mortgage lender CIF
France’s government plans to intervene to rescue Credit Immobilier de France after the struggling mortgage lender was hit by a liquidity crisis following a recent downgrade by credit rating agency Moody’s, Le Figaro newspaper reported Saturday.
CIF’s board met Friday night and formally demanded government help, the newspaper said, without naming its sources.
The lender, which has about 300 branches throughout France, did not return a phone call seeking comment. The government was not available for comment.
As a condition of a state guarantee backing the group, the government demanded the resignation of Claude Sadoun, the group’s CEO, the newspaper said.