June 9, 2009 / 6:03 AM / 8 years ago

Veolia, Keolis bid for Transdev stake -paper

PARIS, June 9 (Reuters) - Veolia Transport (VIE.PA) and Keolis have made offers to buy a stake in French transport group Transdev which has sales of 2.3 billion euros ($3.2 billion), Les Echos business newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Transdev is 70 percent owned by French state bank Caisse des Depots and Les Echos reported, citing its own sources, that it was not clear how much of Transdev it was prepared to sell to Veolia or Keolis.

Officials at Veolia Transport and Keolis could not be immediately reached for comment on the report.

Veolia Transport is a unit of French utility group Veolia while France's SNCF [SNCF.UL] state railway group is the majority shareholder of Keolis. ($1=.7230 euros) (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Blaise Robinson; editing by Mike Nesbit)

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