French energy minister muddies waters over Alstom

Segolene Royal first supports GE bid for French firm, then backtracks, as she also attacks some male ministers as 'cocksure machos'.

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France's energy minister muddied the waters over the future of engineering group Alstom on Wednesday, eventually toeing the government line on the need to examine a proposal from Siemens after first appearing to favour a tie-up with General Electric, reports Reuters.