Arnaud Montebourg

French minister gives green light to Numericable-SFR acquisition

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron has given a green light to Numericable’s acquisition of SFR. The move was necessary thanks to a decree signed by his predecessor, Arnaud Montebourg, in May that made foreign investments in certain strategic industries subject to government approval.  The ministry confirmed to French press that approval had been given, but […]

French Minister: media groups should unite in face of Anglo-Saxon invasion

French economy minister Arnaud Montebourg has called on the country’s audiovisual and digital industries to unit to offer alternative home-grown platforms in the face of an expected onslaught of “Anglo-Saxon” platforms on the French market, led by Netflix’s imminent launch.  In a long and wide-ranging speech on France’s economic development yesterday, Montebourg said that he […]