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    1. May 13, 2015

      French telecoms: mating calls

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    2. August 28, 2014

      Bouygues: Hang ups

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

    3. July 29, 2014

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    4. June 22, 2014

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    5. May 16, 2014

      Merger talk helps stocks hold steady

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    6. May 4, 2014

      SFR deal numbers add up for Numericable

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    7. April 25, 2014

      GE to hold talks with French government over bid for Alstom

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    8. April 24, 2014

      Paris warns GE on possible bid for Alstom

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    9. April 5, 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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,...

    14. March 14, 2014

      Vivendi: good choice

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    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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 –...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

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    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. February 26, 2014

      Bouygues launches price salvo amid fight to woo customers

      Bouygues, the French construction and telecoms group, has launched the latest salvo in an increasingly fierce French...

    24. February 17, 2014

      Bouygues: engineering reverse

      So that’s what comes of helping out. Eight years ago, Bouygues bought the French state’s 21 per cent stake in...

    25. February 17, 2014

      Bouygues misses Europe rally after writedown

      Bouygues was the biggest faller on the CAC 40 in Paris on Monday, after the French telecoms and construction group took...

    26. September 10, 2013

      Bolloré to slug it out in Vivendi shake-up

      In the conservative and often staid world of French business, Vincent Bolloré has earned a formidable reputation for...

    27. August 29, 2013

      Carrefour’s strong earnings lift European stocks

      Equity markets were broadly higher on a big day for results in Europe, helped by a strong showing for the region’s...

    28. August 28, 2013

      Accor slips after earnings warning

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    29. August 28, 2013

      Profits at Bouygues hit by tough competition

      Bouygues vowed that the days of sharply declining profitability were over, even as the ongoing price war in France’s...

    30. March 19, 2013

      Free Mobile founder defends group’s role

      Xavier Niel, the French telecoms billionaire, sought to counter criticism that his launch of an ultra-low cost mobile...

    31. March 10, 2013

      Cleantech: Green chemistry proves itself an attractive formula

      With debate raging about France’s attractiveness to foreign investors, Lyon has at least one recent success story to...

    32. March 1, 2013

      Italian banks slide on election results

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    33. February 27, 2013

      Earnings help recovery after Italy poll

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    34. February 27, 2013

      Free Mobile takes toll on Bouygues

      Bouygues has become the latest French company to report a drop in profits because of a fierce mobile phone price war in...

    35. February 4, 2013

      Grainger invests in newbuild rental homes

      Grainger, the residential property landlord, has announced its first acquisition of a build-to-rent property scheme, as...

    36. January 22, 2013

      Banking rumours send Dax on volatile run

      A sharp rise in German business sentiment helped to stem a sudden sell-off on Frankfurt’s Xetra Dax index, prompted by...

    37. January 15, 2013

      French telecoms mergers face opposition

      France’s competition watchdog has publicly opposed consolidation in the country’s telecoms sector, which has been...

    38. December 23, 2012

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