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France meets Alstom bidders with pledge to protect jobs

General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt (L) and Clara Gaymard, the head of GE France, arrive for a meeting with France's President Francois Hollande to discuss the future of French engineering group Alstom at the Elysee Palace in Paris, April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt (L) and Clara Gaymard, the head of GE France, arrive for a meeting with France's President Francois Hollande to discuss the future of French engineering group Alstom at the Elysee Palace in Paris,...more

General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt (L) and Clara Gaymard, the head of GE France, arrive for a meeting with France's President Francois Hollande to discuss the future of French engineering group Alstom at the Elysee Palace in Paris, April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
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Road signs indicate directions for deliveries to French power and transport engineering company Alstom and U.S. conglomerate General Electric sites in Belfort, April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Road signs indicate directions for deliveries to French power and transport engineering company Alstom and U.S. conglomerate General Electric sites in Belfort, April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Road signs indicate directions for deliveries to French power and transport engineering company Alstom and U.S. conglomerate General Electric sites in Belfort, April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
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View of a Haliade 150 offshore wind turbine at Alstom's offshore wind site in Le Carnet, on the Loire Estuary, near Saint Nazaire, western France, April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

View of a Haliade 150 offshore wind turbine at Alstom's offshore wind site in Le Carnet, on the Loire Estuary, near Saint Nazaire, western France, April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

View of a Haliade 150 offshore wind turbine at Alstom's offshore wind site in Le Carnet, on the Loire Estuary, near Saint Nazaire, western France, April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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ECO 110 wind turbines manufactured by Alstom are seen in the Landes de Couesme wind farm near La Gacilly, western France, April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

ECO 110 wind turbines manufactured by Alstom are seen in the Landes de Couesme wind farm near La Gacilly, western France, April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

ECO 110 wind turbines manufactured by Alstom are seen in the Landes de Couesme wind farm near La Gacilly, western France, April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric appears at a news conference announcing the Head Health Initiative along with the National Football League (NFL), in New York March 11, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric appears at a news conference announcing the Head Health Initiative along with the National Football League (NFL), in New York March 11, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric appears at a news conference announcing the Head Health Initiative along with the National Football League (NFL), in New York March 11, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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France's Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg attends the e-Aircraft Day at the Bordeaux Merignac airport April 25, 2014. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

France's Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg attends the e-Aircraft Day at the Bordeaux Merignac airport April 25, 2014. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

France's Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg attends the e-Aircraft Day at the Bordeaux Merignac airport April 25, 2014. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
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