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[$$] BlackRock and Citi plan Paris expansion in Macron coup

Martin Arnold and Owen Walker in London and David Keohane in Paris

French president Emmanuel Macron’s charm offensive to win business from the City of London is starting to pay off as BlackRock and Citigroup join other Wall Street groups in expanding their Paris operations ahead of Brexit. has rolled out the red carpet for financial services companies, promising to cut taxes and red tape while talking up the economic prospects of the country with a “France is back” pitch.