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  • Swiss reinsurer Converium Holding on Friday urged shareholders to reject a $800 million hostile takeover from French rival SCOR.

  • France's Danone has sent notice to begin litigation against the founder of Wahaha, its partner in China, for what it called a breach of contract, Danone's Asia Pacific President Emmanuel Faber said on Wednesday.

  • Shares in Air France-KLM increased on Friday after Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to “buy” from “hold”.

  • Turkey has suspended talks with Gaz de France over a pipeline project that would bring Caspian natural gas to Europe in reaction to a French bill on the mass killings of Armenians during Ottoman rule, senior Turkish energy officials told Reuters on Thursday.

  • French reinsurer Scor reported a surge in net profits on Wednesday that beat market forecasts, boosting the chances of success in its $2.5 billion (1.87 billion euro) share-and-cash bid for rival Converium.

  • The newly merged transatlantic exchange operator NYSE Euronext made its debut in Paris when it started trading as a combined company on Wednesday.

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice have summoned the chief executive of French energy giant Total to explain the group's activities in Iran, a French newspaper said on Tuesday.

  • A French-built high-speed train has broken the world speed record on rail: With a 25,000 horsepower engine and special wheels, the train hit a speed of more than 357 mph. The train’s performance was close -- but was not as fast as the Japanese maglev (magnetic) train that reached 361 mph in 2003. CNBC’s Phil Lebeau joined Erin Burnett on "Street Signs" to discuss why the U.S. can’t -- or won't -- do the same thing.

  • Shares of Italy’s Pirelli soared to 9.67% Monday morning after it revealed late Sunday that it was in talks with U.S. telecom giant AT&T and its Mexican affiliate America Movil to sell two-thirds of its 80% stake in holding company Olimpia for 2.82 euros a share less debt.

  • Shares of caterer Compass Group gained 5.78% in midday London trading Thursday after it reported that trading in the first 5 months of the year has been ahead of its expectations and the sale of its European vending business is progressing.

  • Strikers at France's Fos Lavera oil hub are meeting port and Gaz de France officials on Thursday in a fresh bid to find a way out of a 16-day strike threatening fuel supplies to motorists and exports to U.S. markets.

  • Here are some of Wednesday’s big movers on European stock markets: Bauer, Vallourec, Aberdeen Asset Management, Next, Total, Beneteau, Lufthansa, TNT, Technical Olympic and Siemens

  • Here are some of Tuesday’s big movers on European stock markets

  • French drug maker Sanofi Aventis’ board is split over whether to acquire U.S. pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb in a deal that could be worth $54 billion, London newspaper The Times reported.

  • Telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent signed a $6 billion (4.52 billion euro) contract with Verizon Wireless on Monday to help the U.S.-based mobile phone service provider expand its network and offer new services.

  • Here some of Friday's big movers on European stock markets

  • AXA, France's largest insurer, said Friday it agreed to buy half of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena's insurance and pensions unit for 1.15 billion euros ($1.54 billion) in cash.

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    An investigating judge filed preliminary charges Thursday against the chief executive of Total in a corruption case linked to a 1997 contract with Iran, the company and judicial officials said.

  • The chief executive of oil company Total was held for a second day of questioning Thursday in an investigation into the group's activities in Iran, while two other executives were released with no charges filed, the company said.

  • Here are some of Thursday's big movers on European stock markets