Air Liquide : Invitation to the Combined Shareholders’ Meeting on May 7, 2013

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PARIS--(Business Wire)--
Regulatory News : 

The Combined Shareholders` Meeting of Air Liquide (Paris:AI) will be held on
Tuesday, May 7, 2013, starting at 3 pm, on first notice, in the Palais des
Congrès, Paris, France. Draft resolutions, approved by Air Liquide`s Board of
Directors on February 13, 2013, to be submitted to the Annual General Meeting of
Shareholders, as well as all the information concerning the Meeting are
available on the Group`s website, Shareholders section. 

Notice of meeting was published on March 18, 2013 in the legal gazette (Bulletin
des annonces légales obligatoires) and is available on the Group`s website. 

The invitation to the Meeting will be sent to the domicile of all shareholders
of the Company, and is also posted on the website. These documents include the
voting form, the agenda of the Meeting, the resolutions submitted to
shareholders, a presentation of the objectives of each resolution, and practical
information for attending, voting and exercising shareholder rights. 

The Annual Shareholders` Meeting provides an opportunity to present the Group`s
strategy and its development prospects and to participate in the life of the
Company. All shareholders are invited to vote either by attending the General
Meeting in person or by voting by correspondence or by proxy. As is the case
each year, they can choose to vote by sending the voting form back, so that it
reaches the Company onFriday, May 3, 2013 at the latest.
In 2013, Air Liquide is also offering its shareholders the possibility of voting
by Internet, prior to the Meeting. The voting website will be open from Friday,
March 22 to Monday, May 6 at 3 pm, Paris time. Detailed instructions on how to
connect to this website are provided in the invitation to the Meeting documents
sent to shareholders. 

The participation of every shareholder is essential. 

The Shareholders` Meeting will be webcast live and available via playback on the
Group`s website. Follow the Combined Shareholders` Meeting live on twitter:
https://twitter.com/airliquidegroup. 

All the preparatory documents will also be held at the disposal of the
shareholders at Shareholder Services, 75 quai d`Orsay, 75321 Paris Cedex 07,
France, and published on the Group`s website www.airliquide.com, Shareholders
section, according to the legal and regulatory conditions. 

Agenda of the Combined Shareholders` Meeting of May 7, 2013

Ordinary Shareholders` Meeting

* Board of Directors' reports. 
* Statutory Auditors` reports. 
* Approval of the Company financial statements for the year ended December 31,
2012. 
* Approval of the consolidated financial statements for the year ended December
31, 2012. 
* Appropriation of 2012 earnings and setting of the dividend. 
* Authorization granted, for a period of 18 months, to the Board of Directors to
allow the Company to trade in its own shares. 
* Renewal of the term of office of two members of the Board of Directors. 
* Approval of the agreements referred to in articles L.225-38 et seq of the
French Commercial Code, relating to Mr. Benoît Potier and Mr. Pierre Dufour and
the Statutory Auditors` Special Report. 
* Authorization granted to the Board of Directors for a period of five years to
issue bonds.

Extraordinary Shareholders` Meeting

* Authorization granted to the Board of Directors for a period of 24 months to
reduce the share capital by cancellation of treasury shares. 
* Authorization granted to the Board of Directors for a period of 38 months to
grant to employees and executive corporate officers of the Group, or some of
such employees and executive corporate officers, share subscription options or
share purchase options resulting in the waiver by shareholders of their
preferential subscription rights to shares to be issued upon exercise of the
subscription options. 
* Authorization granted to the Board of Directors for a period of 38 months to
grant existing or new shares to employees and executive corporate officers of
the Group, or some of such employees or executive corporate officers, resulting
in the waiver by shareholders of their preferential subscription rights to the
shares to be issued. 
* Delegation of authority granted to the Board of Directors for a period of 26
months in order to increase the share capital via the issuance of ordinary
shares or marketable securities conferring entitlement, immediately and/or in
the future, to the Company`s share capital, with retention of shareholder
preferential share subscription rights. 
* Authorization granted to the Board of Directors for a period of 26 months to
increase the issuance amount of shares or marketable securities in the event of
oversubscription. 
* Delegation of authority granted to the Board of Directors for a period of 26
months to perform share capital increases, with cancellation of preferential
subscription rights, reserved for members of a company or Group savings plan. 
* Delegation of authority granted to the Board of Directors for a period of 18
months to perform share capital increases, with cancellation of preferential
subscription rights, reserved for a category of beneficiaries.

Ordinary Shareholders` Meeting

* Powers for formalities.

Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the
environment, and is present in 80 countries with close to 50,000 employees.
Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air Liquide`s
activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air Liquide
continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current and
future markets.The Group innovates for the good of society while delivering
growth and consistent performance.

Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry`s energy
use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow,
such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic energy… Oxygen for hospitals, home
healthcare, fighting nosocomial infections… Air Liquide combines many products
and technologies to develop valuable applications and services not only for its
customers but also for society.

A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee commitment, customer
trust and shareholder support to pursue its vision of sustainable, competitive
growth. The diversity of Air Liquide`s teams, businesses, markets and geographic
presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its development and
strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer new territories and
build its future.

Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life, staying true
to its Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development approach. In
2012, the Group`s revenues amounted to € 15.3 billion of which 82% were
generated outside France. Air Liquide is listed on the Paris Euronext stock
exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx
50 indexes.

www.airliquide.com

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Air Liquide share ownership
(as at December 31, 2012)

* 37% of the capitalheld byindividual shareholders 
* 44% of the capital held by non-French institutional investors 
* 19% of the capital held by French institutional investors

Upcoming dates 

First quarter 2013 revenue:
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Combined Shareholders` Meeting:
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Dividend ex date*:
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Dividend payment date*:
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 

* subject to the necessary approvals at the next Combined Shareholders` Meeting

Air Liquide
Corporate Communications
Corinne Estrade-Bordry
+33 (0)1 40 62 51 31
Garance Bertrand
+33 (0)1 40 62 59 62
or
Investor Relations
Virginia Jeanson
+33 (0)1 40 62 57 37
Annie Fournier
+33 (0)1 40 62 57 18
or
Shareholder Services
Laurent Dublanchet
+33 (0)1 40 62 51 86
Romain Boizette
+33 (0)1 40 62 53 61


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