September 25, 2017 / 11:21 AM / in 5 months

STX deal possible at France/Italy summit on Wednesday: Macron's office

PARIS (Reuters) - France and Italy could reach a deal over the STX France shipyards at a meeting of the two countries’ leaders on Wednesday, an official at French President Emmanuel Macron’s office said.

France clashed with Italy in July after ordering a “temporary” nationalization of STX, cancelling a deal in which Italian state-owned Fincantieri (FCT.MI) and another Italian investor had agreed to buy a 54.6 percent stake.

    France took the decision after Fincantieri, which had agreed to buy the majority stake from STX’s former South Korean owners, rejected a French government proposal of 50-50 ownership.

    France has proposed extending co-operation to the field of naval defense, in which its Naval Group military shipyard - formerly known as DCNS - is an important player.

    The French government is also keen to preserve jobs at the STX Saint-Nazaire site on France’s Atlantic Coast.

    Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; Writing by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Brian Love

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