France

French regulator approves Numericable-Virgin deal

France's competition watchdog said on Thursday it had given its go-ahead to Numericable's purchase of Virgin Mobile France.Numericable, which is also in the process of buying number 2 mobile operator SFR, agreed in June to buy Virgin Mobile France from owners Britain's Carphone

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EU watchdogs to apply 'right to be forgotten' rule on Web worldwide

European privacy regulators want Internet search engines such as Google (GOOGL.O) and Microsoft's Bing (MSFT.O) to scrub results globally, not just in Europe, when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" as ruled by an EU court.

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EE owners confirm takeover talks with BT

EE's German and French owners confirmed on Wednesday they were in talks to sell Britain's biggest mobile network operator to BT (BT.L) as part of a wider review of its options. Fixed-line operator BT said on Monday it was in talks with both Telefonica's (TEF.MC) O2 and a rival operator about buying a mobile business.

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Holcim expects to pick buyers for assets by end-January

Swiss cement maker Holcim (HOLN.VX) said on Tuesday it expected to have selected buyers for assets it must divest to push through its merger with France's Lafarge LAPF.PA by the end of January.

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Estee Lauder snaps up third luxury brand in a month

Estee Lauder Cos Inc (EL.N) bought French luxury perfume brand Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, its third acquisition in less than a month as the company looks to boost its portfolio of high-end luxury perfumes and skin care brands.

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GE says Alstom power deal on pace for mid-2015 closing

General Electric Co's (GE.N) $16.9 billion purchase of the power assets of France's Alstom (ALSO.PA) is on pace for closing in the middle of next year after passing several steps, the head of GE's power business said on Wednesday.

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Canada's PSP agrees to buy TDF's French arm for 3.5 billion euros

Canadian pension fund PSP Investments and its partners have agreed to buy the French operations of telecoms masts group TDF in a deal worth about 3.5 billion euros (4.40 billion US dollar), people familiar with the matter said.

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French government gives green light for GE-Alstom deal

The French government gave the green light on Wednesday for General Electric's (GE.N) planned 12.4 billion euro ($15.6 billion) purchase of most of Alstom's (ALSO.PA) power business.

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Danone bolsters China presence with $550 million baby milk deal

France's Danone (DANO.PA), battling local rivals for a larger share of China's booming baby milk market, has invested $550 million in formula maker Yashili International Holdings, further reducing its dependence on slow growth Europe.

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EU provisionally clears French, Italian budgets after tweaks

The European Commission provisionally accepted the budgets of France and Italy, saying on Tuesday that no euro zone states had submitted deficit plans for next year that seriously breached EU rules for fiscal stability.

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Tanzania talks with Total, BP on hydrocarbon exploration

Tanzania has held talks with France's Total (TOTF.PA) and Britain's BP (BP.L) over oil and gas exploration, its energy ministry said on Saturday, aiming to add to major companies active in its thriving energy sector.

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Rolls-Royce finalizes engineering JV with Hispano-Suiza

British engineer Rolls-Royce said on Friday it has finalised a deal to create a joint venture which will design and develop accessory drive train transmissions for all of the company's future civil aircraft engines.

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Delphi Automotive looking to sell thermal unit for $1 billion

Auto parts maker Delphi Automotive Plc (DLPH.N) is looking to sell its business that makes heating and cooling systems for cars, and will seek as much as $1 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

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Actavis, Sanofi among bidders for Omega Pharma

Generic drugmaker Actavis Plc and France's Sanofi SA are among the suitors for privately held Omega Pharma NV [COUCKO.UL], Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Orange lowers acceptance threshold for Jazztel acquisition offer

French telecoms group Orange (ORAN.PA) has lowered the threshold of shareholder backing it needs in order for its 3.4 billion euro ($4.36 billion) offer to buy Spanish operator Jazztel (JAZ.MC) to go through.

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