Bouygues denies it is in talks with Orange

French construction-to-telecoms conglomerate Bouygues has categorically denied that it is in talks with other French operators after news service La Lettre de l’Expansion reported that Orange CEO Stéphane Richard and Martin Bouygues had talks about possible consolidation at the beginning of March. “Following the article published in La Lettre de l’Expansion on 13 March 2017 […]

French ISPs stand alone following break-up of Orange-Bouygues talks

France’s leading telcos have set out their stall for further investment in broadband on a standalone basis following the failure of talks between Orange and Bouygues that would have seen the number of leading players in the market reduced from four to three. Orange’s proposed acquisition of Bouygues Telecom will not take place, following Bouygues’ […]

French government ‘ready to approve’ Orange-Bouygues deal

The French government is ready to approve Orange’s planned acquisition of Bouygues Telecom under a deal that would see parent company Bouygues take a 12% stake in the operator, according to business news service BFM TV. According to the news channel, economy minister Emmanuel Macron met Orange CEO Stéphane Richard and Bouygues boss Martin Bouygues […]

Orange and Bouygues still eyeing deal with end-of-March deadline

Discussions between Orange and Bouygues over the former’s potential acquisition of Bouygues Telecom are continuing to “progress well” according to Orange CEO Stéphane Richard, as reported by French financial daily Les Echos. Speaking to journalists in Egypt  to mark the rebranding of Orange’s local Mobinil operation as Orange Egypt, Richard said that the pair were […]

Orange chief confident of Bouygues deal, but hurdles remain

Orange chief executive Stéphane Richard has expressed his confidence that talks with media-to-construction conglomerate Bouygues over the acquisition of its telecom arm should conclude around the end of this month. Reuters reported Richard as saying that the talks had a “positive dynamic” and that negotiations should be concluded at the end of February or the […]

Orange-Bouygues deal faces delay as French state seeks to protect its position

Orange’s acquisition of Bouygues Telecom has run into a hurdle in the shape of the French state’s unwillingness to see its stake in the country’s leading telco fall below 20%, according to a report in the Journal du Dimanche. According to the JDD, the finalisation of a deal between Orange and Bouygues is likely to […]

Orange and Bouygues reportedly ‘open’ to TF1 discussions

French telco Orange and telecoms-to-construction conglomerate Bouygues are open to including the latter’s 44% interest in leading commercial broadcaster TF1 in any deal between the pair, according to French newspaper Le Monde. Orange and Bouygues have confirmed that they are in talks over the future of the latter’s telecom unit, Bouygues Telecom, but have not […]

Orange reportedly in talks with Bouygues for TF1 and telecom unit

French conglomerate Bouygues has said it has “no plan to exit the telecom and TV sectors and reaffirms its long-term commitment to these two industries” in response to reports that Orange is in talks to acquire its service provider arm Bouygues Telecom and media assets. Bloomberg reported yesterday that Orange was in early-stage talks to […]

Altice hits out at Bouygues rejection

Cable and telecom investor Altice has hit out at Bouygues’ rejection of its €10 billion offer for Bouygues Telecom and has accused the French conglomerate of failing to engage with it before presenting the offer to its board.  Rejecting suggestions that the bid was not serious and was entirely dependent on debt, Altice said that […]

War of words erupts between Vivendi and Bouygues

The war of words between Vivendi and Bouygues proprietor Martin Bouygues over the former’s decision to sell SFR to Numericable owner Altice has moved to a new stage following an interview given by Bouygues to Le Figaro in which he attacked Vivendi CEO Jean-René Fourtou and accused him of changing his mind about Bouygues’ offer […]