Keyword: Iliad

France's Iliad abandons planned takeover of T-Mobile US

French telecommunications group Iliad has dropped its months-long attempt to gain majority stake in Deutsche Telekom's US subsidiary.

The entrepreneur who has challenged the French establishment

Xavier Niel, who is behind the surprise bid for American firm T-Mobile, has shaken up the traditional world of French business.

France's Iliad makes surprise bid for T-Mobile US

The French company - owner of mobile phone and internet network operator Free - says it has offered $15 billion for majority stake in US firm.

French telecoms wars not over yet

Head of French public-sector investment body says he would be prepared to back Bouygues in tussle for control of mobile phone firm SFR.

SFR buyout threatens to shake up French telecom market

Some observers suggest that the return to just three main mobile phone operators will reduce competition and be bad news for French consumers.

The day that French internet boss Xavier Niel made his fortune

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Xavier Niel earned significant amounts of cash in his early business career through investing in sex shops. But the billionaire’s real money was made in the telecommunications industry through his development and ownership of internet service provider Free. Here, in the second part of Mediapart's investigation into the influential businessman, Laurent Mauduit examines the crucial day on which Niel consolidated his control over the company that was to make his name and his fortune.