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    1. May 13, 2016

      Bolloré: deactivated

      Activist investing means never having to say you’re sorry. This type of shareholder aims to twist out profit by...

    2. May 13, 2016

      Bouygues boosted as subscribers line up for telecoms deals

      Bouygues was bolstered by an improved commercial performance by its telecoms unit during the first three months of 2016...

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    1. April 4, 2016

      French telecoms: Bouygues nights

      Following a broken engagement, there is usually a fight about whether to blame bride or groom. Expect one now between...

    2. Fast FT

      April 4, 2016

      European equities bounce back into black

      European equities have rebounded from earlier losses, edging back into the black and, for the time being look set to...

    3. Fast FT

      April 4, 2016

      Bouygues on track for worst day in more than 17 years

      Telecoms shares are populating the table of the biggest fallers in European equities this morning after merger talks...

    4. Fast FT

      April 4, 2016

      French telecom shares dive as Orange - Bouygues deal fails

      French telecom shares have dived this morning after a prospective merger between two of the market’s biggest players,...

    5. Fast FT

      April 1, 2016

      Orange ends tie-up talks with Bouygues

      C’est fini. Orange, the French mobile operator, has ended talks to buy rival Bouygues’ phone business for €10bn in cash...

    6. March 31, 2016

      Orange/Bouygues: state of play

      France’s telecom group, Orange, would like to buy its rival Bouygues’ phone business for €10bn in cash and shares....

    7. Fast FT

      March 31, 2016

      Orange and Bouygues shares drop on faltering tie-up

      Shares in Orange and Bouygues slid in early trading, as talks over their proposed tie-up stalled. The two groups have...

    8. March 2, 2016

      Bouygues sets wheels in motion on succession

      The head of France’s Bouygues group has set the wheels of succession turning after setting out plans to appoint two...

    9. February 24, 2016

      Bouygues ultimatum over Orange talks

      Bouygues is prepared to walk away from talks with Orange over the sale of its telecoms unit unless it receives a stake...

    10. January 31, 2016

      Week Ahead Political Diary: Castro on trade mission to Paris

      Raúl Castro, the Cuban president, visits Paris on Monday as part of a diplomatic push by the communist-run nation to...

    11. January 25, 2016

      Xavier Niel explores move to enter UK mobile market

      French telecoms billionaire Xavier Niel is exploring a move into the fiercely competitive British mobile market on the...

    12. January 5, 2016

      Orange/Bouygues: two-step

      France’s Sun King, Louis XIV, loved ballet so much he often danced in his own performances. His highness would have...

    13. December 17, 2015

      France hits Orange with €350m antitrust fine

      Orange has been hit with a €350m fine for abuse of its dominant position as France’s former national telecoms monopoly...

    14. September 8, 2015

      French television: ad break

      Quelle horreur! French cultural sensibilities may be offended by the idea (floated by the finance minister) that...

    15. August 28, 2015

      Cost-cutting specialist Michel Combes handed key role at Altice

      Michel Combes, the telecoms cost-cutting specialist who had begun to turn round Alcatel-Lucent, is to join billionaire...

    16. August 9, 2015

      HS2 contracts for £7bn put out to tender despite uncertainty

      Contracts worth £7bn for the tunnels and viaducts for HS2 are about to be put out to tender, despite continuing...

    17. May 13, 2015

      French telecoms: mating calls

      Is there anything more romantic than Paris in the spring? There is if you are an M&A banker. These cupids have been...

    18. August 28, 2014

      Bouygues: Hang ups

      Bouygues, the French construction-to-telecoms conglomerate, faithfully reflects the dismal performance of its domestic...

    19. July 29, 2014

      Orange stabilises as cost-cutting efforts bear fruit

      Orange showed further signs of stabilising in the second quarter as cost-cutting and smaller revenue declines stemmed...

    20. June 22, 2014

      France claims victory in forcing GE to revise its Alstom energy bid

      France’s socialist government has claimed a resounding victory for state intervention after forcing General Electric to...

    21. May 16, 2014

      Merger talk helps stocks hold steady

      European equities markets remained on edge on Friday after weaker than expected data across much of the region in the...

    22. May 4, 2014

      SFR deal numbers add up for Numericable

      Only a few months ago, mention of the name Patrick Drahi in France would probably have provoked a chorus of “Who?” The...

    23. April 26, 2014

      GE to hold talks with French government over bid for Alstom

      General Electric executives will meet French politicians over the weekend to discuss the potential acquisition of...

    24. April 24, 2014

      Paris warns GE on possible bid for Alstom

      The French government has issued a warning to General Electric that it is ready to fight to protect its national...

    25. April 6, 2014

      Altice to buy France’s SFR in €17bn deal

      European cable group Altice has emerged victorious in its battle with Bouygues to buy France’s second-biggest telecom...

    26. April 4, 2014

      Bouygues sweetens offer for SFR

      Bouygues has made a last-ditch attempt to scupper Altice’s efforts to buy Vivendi’s French phone unit SFR, with the...

    27. April 1, 2014

      Bouygues renews attempt to buy SFR

      Bouygues, the French construction and telecoms conglomerate, has made a renewed attempt to buy Vivendi’s SFR telecoms...

    28. March 25, 2014

      No winners in Europe’s fragmenting telecoms market

      The battle of the French billionaires is hotting up. Martin Bouygues, head of the number three mobile operator in...

    29. March 20, 2014

      Bouygues boosts offer for Vivendi’s SFR telecoms unit

      Bouygues, the French conglomerate, has raised the stakes in a fierce bidding war for Vivendi’s SFR telecoms unit,...

    30. March 14, 2014

      Vivendi: good choice

      Safety first is a good maxim when selling a business. Vivendi seems to have heeded it in the case of its SFR unit....

    31. March 14, 2014

      Altice in exclusive talks for Vivendi’s SFR

      Vivendi will start exclusive talks with European cable group Altice to sell its SFR telecoms unit for €11.75bn in cash...

    32. March 14, 2014

      France’s industry minister wades into SFR bid battle

      A top member of France’s socialist government has barged into an imminent decision by media giant Vivendi to sell its...

    33. March 14, 2014

      European stocks end tough week with loss

      A tough week for investors showed no let-up on Friday, with European bourses – following falls in Asia and the US –...

    34. March 13, 2014

      SFR bid battle hots up on eve of key board meeting

      A bidding war for Vivendi’s SFR unit is hotting up on the eve of a crucial board meeting that is expected to decide the...

    35. March 10, 2014

      Iliad boosts customer base as it makes offer for Bouygues network

      Iliad, the French low-cost telecoms operator, said that it added more than 2.8m new mobile customers last year as it...

    36. FT Alphaville

      March 6, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE The relentless Josh Brown: Paul flags the latest post from Josh Brown noting that...

    37. March 6, 2014

      Bouygues / SFR: let battle commence

      So the gloves are off. Bouygues’ €14.5bn bid for Vivendi’s French telecoms business SFR, announced on Thursday, paves...

    38. March 6, 2014

      Bouygues offer values Vivendi’s SFR at €14.5bn

      Bouygues, the French construction and telecoms conglomerate, confirmed that it had made an offer to buy SFR, Vivendi’s...

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