The French government never considered selling part of its stake in utility EDF to buy out a minority shareholder in Alstom, a French finance ministry official said on Tuesday, denying a media report.
"The sale of EDF shares was never considered in the context of Alstom talks," the official said.
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Magazine Nouvel Observateur reported earlier that the government was considering selling part of its stake to raise 6 billion euros ($8.3 billion) and use three billion to buy out Bouygues, which holds 29 percent of Alstom, and the other three billion to recapitalize the company.
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(Reporting by Yann Le Guernigou; Writing by Nick Vinocur; Editing by Leigh Thomas)