Bouygues should explore alternative telecoms tie-up-French minister

FAVERGES, France Mon May 12, 2014 12:36pm EDT

FAVERGES, France May 12 (Reuters) - France's economy minister on Monday urged Bouygues Telecom to explore tie-up with other operators after it lost out in a battle for control of SFR to rival operator Numericable.

"Consolidation remains our objective," Arnaud Montebourg told reporters. "Bouygues can perfectly well imagine solutions with other operators."

(Reporting by Catherine Lagrange; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Andrew Callus)