Martin Bouygues

Niel and Bouygues clash over TF1-M6 merger

French telecom tycoons Xavier Niel and Martin Bouygues have clashed over the proposed merger between commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 in hearings before the country’s upper house, the Senate. Niel, the owner of Iliad Telecom/Free, said that a merger of the country’s two largest commercial broadcasters would “create a monster” that would dominate the advertising […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bouygues: SFR acquisition will enable doubling of fibre investment

The acquisition of SFR by Bouygues Telecom would re-establish a competitive French telecom market and allow his group to invest more in fibre and mobile networks, according to the company’s proprietor Martin Bouygues. In an interview with financial daily Les Echos, Bouygues said he was confident that the French competition authority would give a green […]

Drahi goes on offensive as SFR lobbying intensifies

In a sign of intensifying lobbying around the future of French Vivendi-owned mobile and fixed line telco SFR, Patrick Drahi has told Le Figaro newspaper that he has no intention of making large-scale redundancies at the operator and would seek to maintain both SFR’s 8,500 employees and Numericable’s staff of 2,400 if he succeeds in […]

Bouygues moves forward with SFR acquisition plan

Bouygues Telecom chief Martin Bouygues reportedly met French president François Hollande last week as part of a drive to convince French official circles of the seriousness of its move to acquire Vivendi-owned telco SFR. According to the Journal du Dimanche, the meeting was intended in part to reassure the government about the impact of any […]