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PARIS, June 3 (Reuters) - France's foreign minister said on Tuesday his country would defend the interests of French bank BNP Paribas PA> after it faced the prospect of a $10 billion-plus fine from the United States and called the penalty "unreasonable."
"The fine has to be proportionate and reasonable," Laurent Fabius said on France 2 television. "These figures are not reasonable."
Fabius said the United States should deal with the issue as partner and not unilaterally.
Reporting By John Irish; editing by Dominique Vidalon