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  1. August 28, 2014

    Bouygues: Hang ups

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

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. April 25, 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 Alstom....

  5. 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 interests...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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 unit...

  9. 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 France,...

  10. 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, raising...

  11. 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. Faced...

  12. 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 and a...

  13. 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 SFR...

  14. 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 – resuming...

  15. 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 fate...

  16. 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...

  17. 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 there...

  18. 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 the...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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 engineering...

  22. 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 a...

  23. 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 shaking...

  24. 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 biggest...

  25. August 28, 2013

    Accor slips after earnings warning

    Earnings from two of France’s blue-chip stocks were responsible for the best and one of the worst performances on...

  26. 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...

  27. 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 phone...

  28. 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 talk...

  29. March 1, 2013

    Italian banks slide on election results

    Fears that Italy’s inconclusive elections would jolt Europe back into a crisis triggered a sell-off across risky assets this...

  30. February 27, 2013

    Earnings help recovery after Italy poll

    Corporate earnings were behind some of the biggest moves as markets regained some of the steep losses after Italy’s...

  31. 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 the...

  32. 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...

  33. 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 talk...

  34. 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 thrown...

  35. December 23, 2012

    The Week Ahead: The year’s worst performers

    Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company...

  36. December 17, 2012

    KPN sold heavily on bandwidth costs

    Investors sold KPN on concerns that the Dutch telecoms group overspent on bandwidth, wiping a quarter from its market...

  37. December 13, 2012

    France Telecom and Vivendi’s SFR fined

    France Telecom and Vivendi’s SFR have been fined a combined €183m for distorting competition in the French mobile phone...

  38. November 28, 2012

    Telecoms group SFR to cut 850 jobs

    A day after France’s unemployment rate hit a 14-year high of 10.8 per cent, SFR, the telecoms operator owned by Vivendi,...

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