French President Francois Hollande said on Friday the companies involved in a proposed deal to merge EADS with British defense group BAE should take into account governments' views about the deal.
"We have said what we consider as the conditions," Hollande told reporters at a summit of North African and European countries in Malta. "After that it's up to the companies to continue their talks or negotiations knowing France's position."
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(Reporting By Julien Ponthus; writing by John Irish)