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EU regulators okay 1.83 bln euro French aid for La Banque Postale

BRUSSELS, Oct 24 (Reuters) - EU state aid regulators on Tuesday approved 1.83 billion euros ($2.2 billion) in French support to La Banque Postale to help it provide basic banking services to poor people.

The European Commission said the French aid over a six-year period was in line with rules ensuring a level playing field across the 28-country bloc.

La Banque Postale is required by the French state to offer a tax-exempted interest-bearing savings account to economically disadvantaged people. The state aid will compensate for this public service obligation.

($1 = 0.8504 euros) (Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel)