PARIS, March 27 The French government will
receive 448.5 million euros ($577 million) from the sale of a
3.12 percent stake in aerospace group Safran, Finance
Minister Pierre Moscovici said on Wednesday.
Moscovici said in a statement that the sale of 13 million
Safran shares to institutional investors, announced late on
Tuesday, had been carried out successfully.
The amount raised indicates the shares were sold at 34.5
euros each. The stock had closed at 35.49 euros on Tuesday for
an 8.9 percent rise since the start of the year.
France remains Safran's top shareholder with a 27 percent
stake following the sale, the proceeds of which are to be used
to fund investments to bolster the economy.