June 13 (Reuters) – Bank of France Chairman and European Central Bank governing council member Christian Noyer on Sunday said France’s target of bringing its budget deficit to 3 percent of GDP by 2013 was realistic.
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“I am totally confident in the fact that it is possible to get there,” Noyer said in an interview on France 5 television and RFI radio.
Noyer’s comments come after French Prime Minister Francois Fillon on Saturday pledged to lower the country’s budget deficit to the EU target of 3 percent by 2013 from its current level of 8 percent. (Reporting by Astrid Wendlandt)