February 14, 2019 / 6:58 AM / 2 days ago

French minister says government backs Fincantieri's deal: newspaper

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a news conference with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, in Doha, Qatar February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

MILAN (Reuters) - The French government is in favor of Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s acquisition of rival Chantiers de l’Atlantique, foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told the newspaper Corriere della Sera in an interview.

“It’s a good deal ... As far as the French government is concerned, we’re in favor of this accord,” Le Drian said.

Reporting by Valentina Za, editing by Larry King

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