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French Finance Minister met Couche-Tard founder over Carrefour offer: spokesman

FILE PHOTO: French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, wearing protective face masks, leave following the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, December 16, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has met on Friday Alimentation Couche-Tard’s founder and executive chairman Alain Bouchard, a spokesman for the minister said.

Le Maire expressed France’s stiff opposition to a possible near-$20 billion takeover of Carrefour by Canada’s Alimentation Couche-Tard.

Reporting by Gwenaelle Barzic; Writing by Matthieu Protard; Editing by Louise Heavens

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