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  • *GE, Siemens must both improve proposals- Elysee. PARIS, June 17- The French government raised the stakes in the battle for engineering group Alstom on Tuesday, telling rival suitors General Electric and Siemens to come up with better offers.

  • PARIS, June 17- The French government raised the stakes in the battle for the power assets of engineering group Alstom on Tuesday, urging rival suitors General Electric and Siemens to come up with better offers.

  • PARIS, June 16- Airbus Group and Safran confirmed plans on Monday to pool their efforts on space launchers, taking the first step towards what could become a unified European company to prevent the Ariane space rocket being eclipsed by U.S. low-cost rival SpaceX.

  • *Siemens eyes Alstom's gas turbines business-sources. MUNICH/ PARIS, June 16- Germany's Siemens and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will present a joint offer to France's Alstom in Paris on Monday, challenging a General Electric bid that sparked French government concern about retaining jobs and industry expertise.

  • PARIS, June 16- French Prime Minister Manuel Valls refused on Monday to yield to the demands of rail workers on strike for close to a week against a planned reform of the sector.

  • PARIS, June 16- Airbus Group and Safran confirmed plans on Monday to combine work on space launchers, accelerating efforts to fend off a growing threat to Europe's Ariane space rocket from U.S. low-cost rival SpaceX. Airbus and Safran shares were both up around 0.4 percent, while the CAC40 index was down 0.2 percent.

  • PARIS, June 16- Airbus Group and Safran said on Monday they had agreed to create a 50-50 joint venture in space launchers, combining Airbus's launch systems with Safran's propulsion systems, to help to compete with new low-cost rivals.

  • PARIS, June 16- French Prime Minister Manuel Valls refused on Monday to yield to the demands of striking rail workers seeking to derail a planned reform of the sector as their stoppage entered a six day.

  • *Airbus, Safran set to form jv in space launchers- sources. PARIS, June 15- Airbus Group and Safran are set to boost co-operation with a joint venture in space launchers, aiming to galvanize Europe's competitive response to U.S. low-cost rival SpaceX, people familiar with the matter said.

  • PARIS, June 15- Airbus Group and Safran look set to boost co-operation in the space launch industry with a joint venture, accelerating Europe's response to competition from U.S. low-cost rival SpaceX, people familiar with the matter said. Airbus Group and Safran declined comment.

  • PARIS, June 15- France is continuing to press for guarantees from contenders to buy energy assets from Alstom, as Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries consider a joint move to challenge a formal offer from General Electric.

  • *Mitsubishi and France would take equal stakes in Alstom- unions. MUNICH/ PARIS, June 13- Germany's Siemens and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are putting the finishing touches on a joint offer for Alstom's turbine businesses that includes a cash element of roughly 9 billion euros, sources close to the bidders said.

  • Siemens and Mitsubishi finalize Alstom offer Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    *Siemens would acquire gas turbines from Alstom, sources say. MUNICH/ PARIS, June 13- Germany's Siemens and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are putting the finishing touches on a joint offer for Alstom's turbine businesses that includes a cash element of roughly 9 billion euros, sources close to the bidders said.

  • Siemens and Mitsubishi finalise Alstom offer Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    *Siemens would acquire gas turbines from Alstom, sources say. MUNICH/ PARIS, June 13- Germany's Siemens and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are putting the finishing touches on a joint offer for Alstom's turbine businesses that includes a cash element of roughly 9 billion euros, sources close to the bidders said.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 0830 GMT / 4.30 AM ET Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 4:50 AM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says that British interest rates could rise sooner than financial markets expect in a surprisingly stark warning that monetary policy may start to tighten within months. -MARKETS- UK/ REACTION, moved, by Anirban Nag, 480 words.

  • INSIGHT-Diminished France loses influence in Europe Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 1:30 AM ET

    *Hollande says France still matters in EU. *Diplomats, ministers say Paris absent on key issues. That is precisely what French President Francois Hollande did at a meeting of European Union leaders last month after his Socialist party's humiliating defeat by the hard right National Front in European Parliament elections.

  • *Two French papers say Mitsubishi mulling stake in Alstom. PARIS, June 12- Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are trying to beat a bid by U.S. conglomerate General Electric for Alstom with an offer that would focus on alliances with the French engineering group, sources said on Thursday.

  • PARIS, June 12- The chief operating officer of BNP Paribas is to step down at the end of June and retire completely on Sept. 30, France's biggest bank announced on Thursday as talks with U.S. authorities over a potential $10 billion fine gathered pace.

  • PARIS, June 12- French ministers met on Thursday to discuss the fate of cash-strapped engineering group Alstom as Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries hatched a plan to beat an offer by U.S. conglomerate General Electric.

  • PARIS, June 12- BNP Paribas' Chief Operating Officer is to step down at the end of June and retire completely on Sept 30, the French bank announced on Thursday as it wrestles with U.S. authorities over a potential $10 billion fine. BNP Paribas did not mention the investigation in its announcement.