PARIS Feb 14 The office of French Prime
Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, asked about a report that a state
official could take over as head of waste and water management
group Veolia, said it does not interefere with
appointments at private companies.
The response from an official at Ayrault's office followed a
report in Le Point magazine that shareholder Dassault is seeking
to oust Veolia Chief Executive Antoine Frerot and replace him
with a state official, David Azema, current chief of the agency
overlooking state investments in companies.
"Matignon (the prime minister's office) does not interfere
on management appointments at private companies," said the
official at Ayrault's office.
(Reporting by Julien Ponthus; Writing by Brian Love; editing by