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Pemex, France's Total sign technology-sharing agreement

Mexico City, Apr 11 (EFE).- Mexican state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos has signed an agreement with French energy major Total to exchange technology related to hydrocarbon exploration and production and explore future business opportunities in non-conventional fields. Pemex said in a statement that it inked one memorandum of understanding with Total and another with Paris-based electric utility GDF Suez coinciding with French President François Hollande's official visit to Mexico, which began Thursday.

French industrialist Dassault charged with vote buying

French billionaire industrialist and senator Serge Dassault has been charged with vote buying in his former fiefdom east of Paris, a judicial source told AFP on Thursday. Dassault, 89, was questioned for two days in February in connection with allegations that he operated an extensive system of vote buying that influenced the outcome of elections in Corbeil-Essonnes, where he was mayor from 1995 to 2009. The source said Dassault had been charged with vote buying, complicity in illegal election campaign financing and exceeding campaign spending limits.

French industrialist Dassault charged with vote buying: judicial source

French billionaire industrialist and senator Serge Dassault has been charged with vote buying in his former fiefdom east of Paris, a judicial source told AFP on Thursday. Dassault, 89, was in February questioned for two days in connection with allegations that he operated an extensive system of vote buying that influenced the outcome of elections in Corbeil-Essonnes, where he was formerly mayor. The source said Dassault had been charged with vote buying, complicity in illegal election campaign financing and exceeding campaign spending limits.

French industrialist Dassault charged with vote buying: judicial source

French billionaire industrialist and senator Serge Dassault has been charged with vote buying in his former fiefdom east of Paris, a judicial source told AFP on Thursday. Dassault, 89, was in February questioned for two days in connection with allegations that he operated an extensive system of vote buying that influenced the outcome of elections in Corbeil-Essonnes. ng/mm/rmb

Bouygues could turn from predator to prey in French telecoms war

By Natalie Huet and Gilles Guillaume PARIS (Reuters) - French conglomerate Bouygues, having lost out in a takeover battle for Vivendi's telecoms business SFR, risks becoming prey rather than predator in a domestic mobile market with scope for more consolidation. Losing SFR to rival Numericable is a setback for tycoon Martin Bouygues, who founded Bouygues Telecom in 1994, spending billions to turn it into number three in the French mobile phone market behind Orange and SFR.

Vivendi hunts for the right telecom exit

By Leila Abboud and Gwénaëlle Barzic PARIS (Reuters) - The traditional shoppers' warning is caveat emptor, or "buyer beware". When Vivendi's board meets on Friday to choose between two bids for its French telecom unit SFR, "seller beware" may be more appropriate. Both offers - from conglomerate Bouygues and local cable operator Numericable - leave Vivendi with a significant minority stake in the newly-created operator and continued exposure to the French telecom market, which has been in the throes of a price war since 2012.

LVMH sets up joint venture with stylist Marco de Vincenzo

French luxury giant LVMH said Monday it was setting up a co-venture with Marco de Vincenzo to help the Italian fashion designer develop his brand. Its announcement did not give details of what proportion of the company LVMH would own. It said both parties were pleased with the venture, which Delphine Arnault, daughter of LVMH boss Bernard Arnault and second in charge of the Louis Vuitton unit, said in a statement showed LVMH's support of young creators.

Second day of questioning for French industrialist Dassault

French billionaire industrialist and senator Serge Dassault was released from custody late Thursday after a second day of questioning over alleged vote buying in his former fiefdom east of Paris. Dassault had been taken into custody on Wednesday by a police anti-corruption and fraud squad for questioning over suspected vote buying in Corbeil-Essonnes, where he was formerly mayor. The 88-year-old was questioned until late Wednesday, allowed to spend the night at home and returned Thursday morning to a police headquarters in the Paris suburb of Nanterre.

French tycoon Dassault questioned over alleged vote buying

French industrialist and senator Serge Dassault, the billionaire manufacturer of fighter jets, was detained and grilled Wednesday over alleged vote buying in his former fiefdom east of Paris. The move comes a week after Dassault's parliamentary immunity was lifted. The 88-year-old is suspected of buying votes in Corbeil-Essonnes, east of Paris, where he was formerly mayor. Dassault himself requested the lifting of his immunity in order to defend himself.

French tycoon Serge Dassault 'in custody over vote buying'

French industrialist and senator Serge Dassault, the billionaire manufacturer of fighter jets, was in custody Wednesday for alleged vote buying in his former fiefdom east of Paris. The move comes a week after Dassault's parliamentary immunity was lifted. The 88-year-old is suspected of buying votes in Corbeil-Essonnes, east of Paris, where he was formerly mayor. He has been accused of running the suburb like a mafia don. The veteran industrialist is being grilled in the western Paris suburb of Nanterre, a judicial source said.
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