By Sara Sjolin
LONDON (MarketWatch) — French regulators said Monday they have lifted a ban on short-selling of 10 financial stocks, which had been in effect since August. The French stock market regulator AMF said in a statement that the ban came to an end Saturday. The ban had applied to BNP Paribas SA FR:BNP -0.26% [s:bnp], Credit Agricole SA FR:ACA -0.34% , Societe Generale SA FR:GLE -0.09% and AXA SA FR:CS +1.26% among others. Shares of Credit Agricole fell 3.9% Monday, while Societe Generale dropped 3%, BNP Paribas shed 2.6% and AXA lost 0.6%.