PARIS May 19 French President Francois Hollande
urged key ministers during a meeting on Monday to continue to
seek better offers concerning power and train-making firm Alstom
, an official at his office said.
The meeting was with Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Economy
Minister Arnaud Montebourg and Segolene Royal, minister for the
environment and energy.
Alstom is in talks with U.S. conglomerate General Electric
over a 12.35 billion euro ($16.9 billion) bid for its
power arm, which it is due to review by June 2.
Germany's Siemens is working on a rival offer
involving a formal asset-swap offer for Alstom's power business
that could come as early as this week and see France take a
stake in a resulting rail-focused French group, sources have
($1 = 0.7297 Euros)
(Reporting by Julien Ponthus; Writing by Brian Love; Editing by