Trichet notes that inflation risks have increased

ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet said in an interview that the risk of rising inflation in the euro zone has increased with the recent surge in oil prices, and the ECB would reinforce its vigilance to head-off a widespread rise in prices.

'Inflation risks have increased,' Trichet said in an interview on France's LCI television late on Friday, while adding that ECB interest rates remain 'appropriate.'

He also said that despite sluggish growth in many European countries, the euro zone's financia