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    1. April 27, 2016

      Patrick Drahi to sell media assets to his telecoms group SFR

      Patrick Drahi is to sell his media assets to his French SFR telecoms unit as part of a strategy to use content to gain...

    2. April 4, 2016

      Collapse of Orange-Bouygues deal adds poison to bad blood

      On the Sunday before Easter, four people deeply involved in a deal to transform France’s telecoms sector met in a...

    1. April 4, 2016

      French telecoms shares hit as deal talks collapse

      As much as €9bn was erased from the value of French telecoms stocks on Monday as investors reacted in panic to the...

    2. April 1, 2016

      Orange and Bouygues merger talks collapse

      Merger talks between Orange and Bouygues aimed at transforming France’s telecoms sector have broken down at the...

    3. March 31, 2016

      Bouygues-Orange merger decision on hold as talks continue

      Bouygues has delayed a decision on whether to sell its telecoms business to Orange, saying that talks with France’s...

    4. FT Alphaville

      March 31, 2016

      FT Opening Quote

      The prime minister needs to show his mettle on British steel, Tui has a sunny view of summer bookings, AO World has...

    5. Fast FT

      March 31, 2016

      Bouygues and Orange warn on faltering talks

      Bouygues has delayed a decision on whether to sell its telecoms business to Orange, saying that talks with France’s...

    6. March 17, 2016

      Drahi targets €4bn of Bouygues’ assets in telecoms consolidation

      Billionaire Patrick Drahi is to pay up to €4bn for the majority of Bouygues Telecom’s assets as part of a deal that...

    7. March 15, 2016

      Altice draws line on acquisitions as it focuses on integration

      Altice, the acquisition-hungry telecoms group controlled by billionaire Patrick Drahi, has drawn a line under new...

    8. March 15, 2016

      Altice: growing pains

      Some parents might worry about leaving teenagers alone in the house over the weekend, lest they throw some wild party....

    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. Fast FT

      February 24, 2016

      Bouygues beats expectations but French construction suffering

      Profits at Bouygues beat analysts’ expectations last year, as the French conglomerate looks to reshake the telecoms...

    11. February 16, 2016

      Orange-Bouygues Telecom deal talks to rumble on

      Orange has said talks with Bouygues Telecom over a proposed tie-up will last several more weeks, raising the prospect...

    12. January 20, 2016

      France to rule on Orange-Bouygues deal

      Orange’s potential merger with Bouygues Telecom would require approval only from French competition authorities, and...

    13. January 18, 2016

      Three-O2: kind of a big deal

      BT Group’s £12bn acquisition of EE grabs the headlines in the UK, for good reason. It is big, other operators want the...

    14. January 13, 2016

      French telecoms consolidation could set tone for EU

      Stéphane Richard is said to be the only mobile telecoms chief in France still talking to the other three. He is taking...

    15. January 12, 2016

      Orange CEO: European telecoms consolidation is ‘necessary’

      The head of Orange has said that the past 20 years of regulation in Europe have left the continent’s telecoms operators...

    16. January 8, 2016

      Deal talks put Orange networker’s charisma to the test

      In a sector where egos are big and the main protagonists dislike each other with a passion, Stéphane Richard is, in one...

    17. 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...

    18. Tech blog

      January 5, 2016

      #techFT - Holy telematics! Cars are CES stars

      The connected car – driver optional – is a big theme at CES 2016, Orange and Bouygues are in merger talks, NYC has...

    19. Fast FT

      January 5, 2016

      Bouygues, Orange confirm tie-up talks

      It’s official. Orange and Bouygues Telecom, France’s first and third biggest mobile operators, have confirmed they are...

    20. January 4, 2016

      Orange-Bouygues talks spur hopes of end to price war

      Merger talks between Orange, France’s largest mobile operator, and Bouygues Telecom, the third largest, have the...

    21. August 27, 2015

      Bouygues bolsters profit outlook for telecoms division

      French conglomerate Bouygues raised profit targets for its telecommunications unit as it said that group current...

    22. June 24, 2015

      French telecoms shares plunge after Bouygues rejects Drahi bid

      French telecoms stocks plunged as hopes of consolidation evaporated after Bouygues Telecom turned down a €10bn offer...

    23. June 23, 2015

      Bouygues rejects €10bn offer from Altice for telecoms unit

      Bouygues has rejected a €10bn offer from Patrick Drahi to buy its telecoms unit, frustrating the cable entrepreneur’s...

    24. June 23, 2015

      Orange CEO urges government to stop meddling in telecoms sector

      The head of Orange has urged the French government to rein in its involvement in industry consolidation even as two of...

    25. June 22, 2015

      French government hits out at Altice arm’s bid for Bouygues

      France’s Socialist government has hit out at billionaire Patrick Drahi’s offer to buy Bouygues Telecom, saying the deal...

    26. June 22, 2015

      Numericable / Bouygues: a little more action

      A little less conversation, a little more action. Elvis Presley would no doubt have approved of the latest news from...

    27. June 22, 2015

      Altice arm offers €10bn for Bouygues Telecom

      Shares in Altice jumped more than 20 per cent after the European cable group controlled by billionaire Patrick Drahi...

    28. March 9, 2015

      French telecoms shares fall on news Free is renewing price war

      Shares of France’s leading telecoms operators fell sharply following reports that low-cost carrier Free was preparing...

    29. February 25, 2015

      Bouygues profits slide under pressure from telecoms competition

      Bouygues, the French construction, media and telecoms conglomerate, reported a slide in operating profit in 2014 as it...

    30. February 18, 2015

      Drahi offers to buy €3.9bn Vivendi stake in Numericable-SFR

      Patrick Drahi has offered to buy Vivendi’s 20 per cent stake in Numericable-SFR for €3.9bn in a deal that would tighten...

    31. December 18, 2014

      Xavier Niel buys Orange Switzerland for €2.3bn

      Xavier Niel has acquired Orange Switzerland for SFr2.8bn ($2.9bn) in the latest sign of the French entrepreneur’s...

    32. November 20, 2014

      Altice sets sights on Bouygues Telecom

      Altice, the European cable group controlled by billionaire Patrick Drahi, says it wants to acquire Bouygues Telecom,...

    33. November 18, 2014

      Lex in-depth: European telecoms

      Europe telecoms: Time to consolidate? The door is open. Europe’s telecoms need only step through it. Jean-Claude...

    34. October 29, 2014

      European telecoms: hold the line please

      Four is an unlucky number in China; it sounds like death. Three though sounds like life. That superstition should also...

    35. September 16, 2014

      Orange / Jazztel: swing time

      The band’s tempo quickens as the night goes on. Feeling the anticipation, the dancers respond, all reticence lost....

    36. September 15, 2014

      Bouygues Telecom to offer Netflix service on set-top boxes

      Bouygues Telecom said that it will carry Netflix on its set-top boxes from as early as November, becoming the first...

    37. August 28, 2014

      Bouygues warns sales will fall due to public sector slowdown in France

      Bouygues said that sales would fall this year as the French construction, media and telecoms conglomerate reported a 61...

    38. July 2, 2014

      Bouygues Telecom: offline?

      Brussels has got the message. A balance has to be struck between market power and competition if the telecoms industry...

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