PARIS May 9 France wants state-controlled
nuclear group Areva to take over Alstom's offshore wind turbine
unit if General Electric's bid for Alstom succeeds, a French
paper reported on Friday.
Areva and Alstom both produce offshore
wind turbines and are part of different consortia to build 3,000
megawatts of wind power off the French coast in coming years,
although their technologies are different.
General Electric made a $16.9 billion offer for
Alstom's energy division last week. The U.S. firm's CEO has said
in a letter to French President Francois Hollande that he would
be willing to sell Alstom's wind turbine activities to French
investors if GE winds the bid.
"It would make sense to have one sole French actor in this
industry," Les Echos quoted a government source as saying.
Nobody was available for comment at the industry ministry.
Areva declined comment on the report.
(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; editing by Keiron Henderson)