BERLIN May 9 French Economy Minister Arnaud
Montebourg said on Friday Paris and Berlin would discuss common
initiatives on Alstom, which is the target of a takeover bid
from U.S. giant General Electric.
"It's necessary for the governments to exchange their views
and possibly take common initiatives if they so choose. All this
is on the table," Montebourg told reporters ahead of a meeting
with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel.
The French government has signalled it would prefer a tie-up
with German conglomerate Siemens, which is also
considering an offer. On Friday it said it wanted French
state-controlled nuclear group Areva to take over Alstom's
offshore wind turbine unit if GE's bid for Alstom succeeded.
(Reporting by Noah Barkin, writing by Annika Breidthardt)