Paris-based football star Ali Benarbia told to repay 4m euros in tax after claiming he lived in Qatar

France — Investigation

Ali Benarbia, the former Manchester City and Monaco player who became a prominent television sports pundit on French television and radio, has been told to pay back taxes of just under 4 million euros by the French tax authorities. Mediapart has learnt that the former Algerian international was paid via a fictitious company in Qatar and claimed to be living in the Middle Eastern country. In fact, he and his family were resident in Paris, tax investigators found. Yann Philippin and Matthieu Suc report.

How Libération's multi-billionaire owner bills the ailing daily for 'services'

France — Analysis

Much of the French media is owned by billionaire industrialists and businessmen with financial interests that sit uncomfortably with the notion of freedom and pluralism of the press, while some argue that without such wealthy proprietors many titles would fold. One case in point is France’s venerable leftwing daily Libération, co-founded in 1973 by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and now owned by multi-billionaire Patrick Drahi who made his fortune in telecommunications. Laurent Mauduit has been studying the struggling newspaper’s financial accounts, and details here how Drahi last year billed it for 1.8 million euros for “services” by his group, which notably included “restructuring”, further aggravating its vast debts offset in part by public subsidies.

Bouygues shuns Altice's bid for telecom arm

France — Link

Bouygues Telecom board rejects €10 billion offer from rival saying it is well-placed to benefit from new period of growth in telecoms market.

French premier warns on Altice bid to buy Bouygues Telecom

France — Link

Manuel Valls says plan by owners of Numericable-SFR to buy rivals Bouygues for €10 billion must preserve jobs and network investments.

The French billionaire who wants to rule U.S. cable

France — Link

Patrick Drahi's Altice is buying 70 percent of Suddenlink Communications and is said to have approached Time Warner Cable.

Vivendi confirms bids for its telecoms arm SFR

France — Link

If accepted, Bouygues' offer for SFR would reduce the number of players in France’s ferociously competitive mobile market from four to three.