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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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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,...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. January 27, 2014

    Bolloré fined €3m by Italian regulator over market manipulation

    Italy’s markets regulator has hit Vincent Bolloré with a €3m market manipulation fine and banned the French industrialist...

  38. January 8, 2014

    Yannick Bolloré to become Havas global chief

    Yannick Bolloré, son of French billionaire industrialist Vincent, is to become global chief executive of the Paris-based...

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