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    1. October 17, 2014

      Vincent Bolloré seeks majority control of Havas

      French billionaire Vincent Bolloré plans to launch a share-exchange offer to gain majority control of advertising group...

    2. October 15, 2014

      French government ousts Proglio at EDF

      France’s socialist government is to oust Henri Proglio as chief executive of EDF, replacing him with Jean-Bernard Lévy, the...

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    1. September 19, 2014

      Vivendi inks deal to sell GVT to Telefónica

      Vivendi said that it has agreed sell its Brazilian telecoms business to Madrid-based Telefónica in a deal that marks the...

    2. September 14, 2014

      France broadcasters braced for Netflix debut

      Rodolphe Belmer is not taking Netflix’s debut in France lightly. As managing director of Canal Plus, the pay-television arm...

    3. August 31, 2014

      Yannick Bolloré: a buccaneer’s son at the helm of Havas

      The world according to Yannick Bolloré consists of two types of people: those who, faced with change, hunker down and try to...

    4. August 29, 2014

      Week in Review, August 30

      A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Burger King’s Canada deal reignites tax...

    5. August 28, 2014

      Telefónica takes lead in Brazil with €7.5bn Vivendi deal

      Spain’s Telefónica has stormed ahead in the battle for Brazil’s telecoms market, convincing Vivendi to choose its €7.45bn...

    6. August 14, 2014

      Telecom Italia considers merging Brazilian unit with GVT

      Telecom Italia has confirmed it is considering whether to submit plans to merge its Brazilian business with the...

    7. August 7, 2014

      Telecom Italia considers counterbid for Brazil’s GVT

      Telecom Italia is considering counterbidding against Spain’s Telefónica for Brazilian group GVT in a deal that could involve...

    8. August 5, 2014

      Telefónica / Vivendi: curiouser and curiouser

      It is not until the third paragraph that things start getting strange. Until that point, Telefónica’s offer for GVT, a...

    9. August 5, 2014

      Telefónica offers €6.7bn for Vivendi’s Brazil telecoms business

      Telefónica has offered €6.7bn to acquire Vivendi’s Brazilian fixed-line telecoms operations in a deal that would help...

    10. June 24, 2014

      Vivendi to integrate media operations

      French billionaire Vincent Bolloré has provided the first insight into Vivendi’s new strategy, saying that the group would...

    11. June 20, 2014

      Cash-rich Vivendi abandons the wild years

      For many years, there has been one overriding question hanging over Vivendi, the Paris-based group that started life under...

    12. May 19, 2014

      French court reduces Jean-Marie Messier’s sentence

      A French appeal court has overturned a key part of the conviction and sentence of Jean-Marie Messier, the former chief...

    13. May 4, 2014

      Bouygues weighs options amid signs price war is ending

      As one of the most familiar faces in French corporate business, Martin Bouygues has been around long enough to experience...

    14. 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...

    15. April 28, 2014

      Boards ‘prepared to take more risks in hiring women chiefs’

      More than one in three women chief executives were appointed from outside the company where they took the top job, compared...

    16. April 27, 2014

      Thomas Rabe, Bertelsmann CEO: from punk rock to family values

      Europe’s biggest media group has a problem. It is a family-controlled German conglomerate competing in a digital age...

    17. April 11, 2014

      Letter from Lex: unconventional wisdom

      Readers, A series of efforts to overturn accepted thinking were under way this week. Top of the list was the Greek...

    18. April 8, 2014

      Universal buys music DVD maker Eagle Rock

      Universal Music Group has acquired Eagle Rock Entertainment, the UK-based producer and distributor of music programming...

    19. April 7, 2014

      Altice claims victory in bid war for Vivendi unit SFR

      Patrick Drahi, the Moroccan-born founder of cable group Altice, said on Monday that his group had not only won the bidding...

    20. April 7, 2014

      French Telecoms: after the battle

      To the victor, the debt. Numericable has beaten rival Bouygues to the acquisition of SFR, France’s number two mobile...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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,...

    25. March 21, 2014

      French telecoms: Plus ca change...

      Auctions usually involve rising offers. Not for the first time, the French seem to be doing things differently. Three weeks...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. March 13, 2014

      Four billionaires battle for France’s telecoms market

      There is no love lost between French billionaires Martin Bouygues and Vincent Bolloré, but that might not stop the two...

    32. 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...

    33. March 9, 2014

      Bouygues agrees €1.8bn network sale to Iliad to win SFR

      A looming shake-up of France’s highly competitive mobile market has taken a new twist with a €1.8bn deal by Bouygues to sell...

    34. 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...

    35. March 5, 2014

      Vivendi confirms bids from Bouygues and Altice for SFR arm

      Paris-based Vivendi confirmed on Wednesday night that it had received two binding offers from Bouygues and Altice for its...

    36. February 25, 2014

      Vivendi hit by fierce French price war

      Shares in Vivendi fell on Tuesday as a fierce price war in France’s telecoms sector dragged down full-year revenue at the...

    37. February 25, 2014

      French telecoms: marriage blessings

      If one business model fails to generate the returns required to fund investment, companies will try to find another. This...

    38. February 24, 2014

      Numericable-SFR merger talks revived

      Paris-based Vivendi has said it has been approached by private equity group Altice over a possible alliance between its SFR...

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