PARIS Oct 19 France said on Wednesday it will
be a candidate to house the London-based European Medicines
Agency and European Banking Authority if the two supervisory
bodies have to be relocated as a result of Britain's decision to
quit the European Union.
"The matter will arise regarding the banking or medicines
agencies. France will obviously be a candidate," government
spokesman Stephane Le Foll told reporters when asked about the
issue at a regular briefing. "That goes without saying."
Other countries such as Italy and Spain have publicly stated
they too plan to compete to become new hosts to the EU agencies,
which employ more than 1,000 skilled staff in all from across
the bloc's member countries.
Beyond job creation, playing host to either or both of the
agencies could also boost spin-off activities in the lucrative
bank and pharmaceuticals sectors.
(Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; Writing by Brian Love)