PARIS, April 29 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.
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 recapitalise the company.
($1 = 0.7223 Euros)
(Reporting by Yann Le Guernigou; Writing by Nick Vinocur;
Editing by Leigh Thomas)