Germany says not aware of Alstom stake plan

BERLIN Tue Jun 3, 2014 12:08pm EDT

Aerial view of a Haliade 150 offshore wind turbine at Alstom's offshore wind site at Le Carnet in Frossay on the Loire Estuary western France, May 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Aerial view of a Haliade 150 offshore wind turbine at Alstom's offshore wind site at Le Carnet in Frossay on the Loire Estuary western France, May 15, 2014.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - The German Finance Ministry said on Tuesday it was not aware of any plans for the government to take a stake in Alstom as part of a possible deal between the French industrial group and its German rival Siemens.

Bloomberg News reported earlier that the German government was considering using state-owned development bank KfW to buy Alstom shares in a deal with Siemens, which is mulling a bid for the French company.

The report, which cited anonymous people familiar with the plans, said Germany's purchase of a stake was contingent on the French government buying an equal stake in Alstom from Bouygues, the French firm which owns a large share of Alstom stock.

"No one knows of this plan here," a spokeswoman in the finance ministry said, when asked about the report.

(Reporting by Gernot Heller; Editing by Noah Barkin)

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