The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which senior analyst Anand Chokkavelu, CFA, discusses topics across the investing world.

France Telecom has been battered by the European sovereign debt crisis, as well as more company-specific risks. That said, Anand is buying shares in his public-facing real money portfolio. He likes it better than, say, Spain's Telefonica, because France and Germany are the strongest euro economies. And he likes the history of performance, the focus on being a bit more fiscally conservative, and the necessity telecom business.

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