PARIS, March 12 French civil servant Louis
Gallois is set to become chairman of French carmaker PSA Peugeot
Citroen after the founding Peugeot family was
persuaded by the government to support his nomination, Le Figaro
reported on Wednesday.
Gallois, France's investment commissioner and a former head
of the SNCF state railway as well as defence group EADS
, has been backed by ministers to take over from
outgoing Chairman Thierry Peugeot.
The Peugeot clan, ceding control of the carmaker in a 3
billion euro ($4.2 billion) share issue that will see the
government and China's Dongfeng take 14 percent stakes
to match its own diluted holding, had previously backed former
Nexans boss Gerard Hauser.
But the family has now agreed to back Gallois following
meetings with Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici and Emmanuel
Macron, senior adviser to President Francois Hollande, daily Le
Figaro said in its report, which did not identify sources.
A Peugeot spokesman declined to comment.
Gallois has already served as a Peugeot board member since
late 2012, when his appointment as a nominal independent was
imposed on the company by the Hollande government in return for
7 billion euros in state loan guarantees.
($1 = 0.7192 euros)
(Reporting by Laurence Frost; Editing by Eric Walsh)