PARIS, June 21 The French government expects to
see rapid progress in talks on the purchase of an Alstom
stake from Bouygues, President Francois
Hollande said on Saturday.
He was speaking a day after France backed a tie-up between
Alstom and U.S. rival General Electric on condition the
government acquires 20 percent of the company from Bouygues
"This is a major condition for the government's acceptance
of the alliance," Hollande told reporters in Paris. "That's why
I believe we will make progress by the end of the day."
(Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; Editing by Janet Lawrence)