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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

France Telecom Sale

PARIS -- Talk buzzed Thursday that France would seek to beat the Christmas lull with the sale of a second slice of shares in France Telecom, given a government pledge to make the move before year's end. No one at the Finance Ministry was immediately available to comment on newspaper reports that details of the flotation of another 12 percent to 13 percent in the company - postponed by market turmoil - could come at the end of this week or early next.

France Telecom and lead managers Paribas and BNP declined to comment.