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French finance minister calls for G20 to debate bitcoin regulation

Bitcoin's prices have risen more than 1,700 percent since the start of the year
  • Reuters (Computerworld)
  • 18 December, 2017 09:08

France will propose that the G20 group of major economies discuss regulation of the bitcoin virtual currency next year, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday.

"I am going to propose to the next G20 president, Argentina, that at the G20 summit in April we have a discussion all together on the question of bitcoin," Le Maire told French news channel LCI.

"There is evidently a risk of speculation. We need to consider and examine this and see how (...) with all the other G20 members we can regulate bitcoin."

Bitcoin's prices have risen more than 1,700 percent since the start of the year, triggering worries that the market is a bubble that could burst in spectacular fashion.

European Union states and legislators agreed on Friday on stricter rules to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing on exchange platforms for bitcoin and other virtual currencies.

(Reporting by Gus Trompiz and Caroline Pailliez, editing by David Evans)