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LONDON (Reuters) - ABN Amro shares surged 17% after a Bloomberg report said French lender BNP Paribas expressed interest in buying the Dutch lender.
The French bank recently reached out for a meetingwith the Dutch government and discussed its interest in atransaction, Bloomberg Media reported citing anonymous sources.
Shares in France's biggest bank was up nearly 3% on the news. The broader European stock market was up 1.4%.
An ABN Amro spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment. A BNP Paribas spokeswoman was also not immediately reachable for comment
(Reporting by Julien Ponthus and Toby Sterling in Amsterdam; Writing by Saikat Chatterjee; Editing by)