PARIS (Reuters) - Companies can declare a “force majeure” over the coronavirus outbreak when dealing with contracts involving the country’s small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday.
“We are going to consider the coronavirus as a case of force majeure,” Le Maire told reporters, adding that he was currently sticking to his earlier forecast of a negative hit of 0.1 points to the French economy from the coronavirus outbreak.
The term “force majeure” refers to unexpected external circumstances that prevent a party to a contract from meeting their obligations.
Reporting by Leigh Thomas and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Alison Williams
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