Merkel ally criticises French over Alstom deal

Head of German parliament's economics committee says Paris acted with 'ice-cold national industrial interest' in taking stake in French firm.

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A conservative ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel accused France on Monday of showing "ice-cold" national interests in choosing GE over Siemens for an alliance with Alstom, and also questioned whether Paris had the fiscal leeway to buy a large stake in the French firm, reports Reuters.