A well-informed colleague related to me that he had spoken with Swiss banking authorities trying to stem the flow of French capital into Switzerland. Wealthy French families have been spooked by the election of a socialist president threatening them with 75 percent tax rates. They cannot park their money inside the Euro zone; so they are flooding Switzerland and England with capital flight. The Swiss will likely impose a "parking fee" on incoming capital high enough to keep it within manageable proportions. If not, Swiss tourism and exports will be priced out of the market and the Swiss economy will take a nose dive. New York City realtors are also reporting French purchases of high end real estate.
Capital flight is the last thing France needs given its pressing borrowing constraints.
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