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France to approve first crypto-issuers as new rules loom

Wednesday 17 July 2019 | 01:02 PM CET

France’s financial watchdog has revealed plans to approve a first tranche of cryptocurrency-related companies under new rules on digital coins.

Under the rules, set to come into force late this month, crypto-related firms will voluntarily abide by standards on capital requirements and consumer protection and pay tax in France, in exchange for approval from the regulator.

Cryptocurrencies are subject to patchy rules across the world, with the technology remaining mostly unregulated. While some smaller countries from Belarus to Malta have brought in specific laws, major economies have tended to applying existing financial rules.

Global scrutiny of cryptocurrencies has grown since Facebook (FB.O) unveiled plans last month for its Libra digital coin. The entry of the social media giant to cryptocurrencies has raised concerns among politicians and financial watchdogs in the US and elsewhere over privacy, consumer protection and the potential for systemic risks.

Some crypto-related companies and industry associations have called for regulation of the sector, in part because of a desire for legal clarity and because of the perception of respectability that accompanies such rules.

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