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CANNES, France, June 19 French financier Vincent
Bollore said on Thursday that figures for his advertising
company Havas were very good so far this year and added that
Havas had not been impacted by the global credit crunch.
"Regarding 2008, until now the figures are very good,"
Bollore told the Cannes Lions 2008 advertising festival.
Commenting on the credit crunch, he added: "For the moment,
Havas has not suffered at all ... I believe it could be an
opportunity for us. We are prepared for it."
Bollore said he had "no interest" in U.S. advertising
company Interpublic (IPG.N) and that he had no plans to ask for
another extraordinary shareholders' meeting at UK media group
Aegis Plc AEGS.L this year.
Bollore has built up a stake of 29 percent in Aegis but has
consistently failed to win board seats at the British company.
He failed in another attempt to win Aegis boardroom seats
earlier this year.
Bollore is the largest shareholder and the chairman of
Havas. The businessman is one of the country's richest
financiers and has close links to French President Nicolas
Havas owns agencies such as Arnold Worldwide Partners, Euro
RSCG Worldwide and MPG, and its clients include carmakers
Citroen (PEUP.PA) and Volvo (VOLVb.ST) and drugmaker
Havas shares were unchanged at 2.60 euros in early afternoon
trade. The stock has fallen around 22 percent since the start of
2008 and fell 20 percent last year.
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; editing by Rory Channing)