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In an interview last week on the French radio station France Inter’s RadioCom program, Alcatel Alsthom NV president Pierre Suard indicated he did not rule out taking a stake in France Telecom if the latter is privatised by the next administration: I don’t think the question has been posed today, but when it is, I can tell you that we will study it very seriously, Suard said – It is essential that France Telecom has a structure that enables it to extend itself beyond France and I think that can come from a new shareholder; there is industrial logic in the ‘world’s number one manufacturer of telecommunications equipment’ owning a stake in a telecommunications operator, he added – It is the Anglo-Saxon logic; AT&T is constructed on that basis, but up to now, it has not been European logic, he said.

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