France sold 7.96 billion euros of long-term debt, namely 2012, 2023, 2035 and 2041 bills. Yet, the main focus was on the yield on the benchmark 10-year bonds which saw a rise in the yield to 3.29% compared with 3.18% in the previous auction. The rises in the yield add to concerns amid speculations rating agencies will cut the country's top credit rating.

The euro saw more weakness against majors, where it is currently trading around 1.2840 from the day's starting level of 1.2940.