France probing Libor fixing complaint
PARIS (AFP) - France has launched a probe into suspected rigging of Libor interbank lending rates after a complaint filed by a shareholder in Societe Generale bank, a judicial source said on Monday.
The Libor rates are benchmarks for a vast range of instruments at the heart of the global financial system.
A preliminary investigation was launched in September, the source said. The plaintiff had alleged "manipulation", his lawyer Frederick-Karel Canoy said.
The scandal erupted when Barclays bank was fined £290 million (S$570 million) by British and US regulators for attempted manipulation of Libor and Euribor interbank rates between 2005 and 2009.