Best’s Market Segment Report: French Insurers Reconsider Natural Catastrophe Assumptions Following Another Very Expensive Year

AMSTERDAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#insurance–Growing frequency and severity of weather-related events such as drought, storms and wildfires are prompting French insurers and reinsurers to rethink their appetite and pricing for natural catastrophe risks, according to a new report from AM Best.

The Best’s Market Segment Report, “French Insurers Reconsider Natural Catastrophe Assumptions Following Another Very Expensive Year,” notes that record-breaking temperatures and severe droughts led to significant property damage losses in 2022. The latest estimate from France Assureurs puts insurers’ weather-related natural catastrophe losses for 2022 at around EUR 10 billion, prompting reinsurers to push up prices and tighten conditions in the January 1 renewals.

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Pierre Tournier
Associate Director, Analytics
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Morgane Hillebrandt
Financial Analyst
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Mathilde Jakobsen
Director, Analytics
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Richard Banks
Director, Industry Research – EMEA
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Edem Kuenyehia
Director, Market Development & Communications
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