Michael Barnier (2nd R), then foreign minister of France, sits between U.N. Deputy Secretary General Louise Frechette (R) and French Ambassador to the United Nations Jean Marc de la Sabliere (2nd L) at a luncheon for the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council 59th United Nations General Assembly, September 23, 2004. (File photo) REUTERS/Henny Ray Abrams  By Julien Toyer and John O’Donnell
BRUSSELS, Nov 20 (Reuters) – A former French foreign minister is expected to take charge of financial services in the European Union, diplomats said, a move that would unsettle bankers worried he may take a hard line with the industry.
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