France slams EU veto of Alstom-Siemens rail merger

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When it was announced last year, the merger was hailed as the birth of an industry giant that would compete with a formidable Chinese rival.

Siemens and Alstom announce merger to form 'European champion'

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Germany's Siemens makes the inter-city ICE trains, while Alstom builds the French equivalent, TGV trains, and have combined sales of €15.3bn.

The Montebourg Method: French minister gives lesson in state intervention over Alstom deal

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Just a few weeks ago the chief executive of French company Alstom suggested that the group had no alternative but to sell its energy section outright to American firm General Electric. But then the economy minister Arnaud Montebourg stepped into the fray and brokered a deal, agreed last weekend, that offers considerably better prospects for one of France's flagship companies. And in doing so, says Martine Orange, the minister has not only scored a personal political victory, he has also shown that the state is not always powerless to intervene on the industrial landscape.

Merkel ally criticises French over Alstom deal

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

French government backs GE bid for Alstom

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The race of rival bids for French engineering firm's energy arm appeared over as French government backs that of General Electric.

General Electric woos French government with improved Alstom bid

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GE's bid for Alstom's energy arm, rivalling that of Siemens and Mitsubishi, now includes offer to leave some assets with the French firm.

French government again tells GE and Siemens to improve Alstom bids

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As the deadline looms for sale of French engineering giant's energy arm, Paris threatens veto if counter bids are not improved.

France pushes for concessions as Alstom bidding hits final hours

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The race to acquire Alstom's energy arm is entering a crucial week, with Siemens due to present an offer ahead of a cut-off date set by GE.

Mitsubishi and Siemens finalising counter bid for Alstom

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The Japanese and German firms are bidding for the French group's energy branch against an existing $17 billion offer from General Electric.

The element of corruption that lurks behind the deal between Alstom and GE


The long-running saga of negotiations over General Electric’s 16.9 billion-dollar bid for the energy arm of French engineering group Alstom continued this week when GE’s chief executive Jeff Immelt met for further negotiations with French President François Hollande. GE is engaged in a poker match with the French government which has made no secret of its preference for a mooted counter-bid from German firm Siemens, despite the Alstom board’s choice to do a deal with the US giant. But hidden behind all the talk of decisions of industrial strategy, synergy and job guarantees, a quite separate consideration appears to help explain both the rapidity and secrecy of the deal first agreed between between Alstom and GE on April 23rd, the day when a former senior Alstom executive was arrested in the US Virgin Islands on corruption charges. Fabrice Arfi and Martine Orange report.

Hollande orders ministers to obtain better offer for Alstom

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The French president urges a better deal to protect jobs and Alstom's future industrial profile amid bids for the French firm's energy division.

French energy minister muddies waters over Alstom

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

Alstom rebuffs French government proposal

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French company's boss says it is not interested in taking over GE's freight train business as political debate continues over controversial deal.

GE Alstom bid 'not sufficient' says Hollande

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In TV interview president says American giant's bid for French firm is not 'acceptable' and that state will ensure any final deal is good for France.

France says it opposes G.E.’s bid for Alstom

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France’s economy minister Arnaud Montebourg tells General Electric he 'cannot support' terms of current plan to buy French engineering giant.