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  • *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.

  • PARIS, June 12- The French government met on Thursday to discuss the fate of cash-strapped engineering group Alstom but gave little indication of its feelings towards a plan being hatched by Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

  • PARIS, June 12- BNP Paribas' 64- year old Chief Operating Officer is to retire on Sept 30 and will step down from his duties on June 30 at his own request, 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.

  • MUNICH/ PARIS, June 11- Siemens is in talks with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries over a joint bid for the energy assets of France's Alstom, a move which could help the German firm overcome antitrust hurdles.

  • PARIS, June 11- The French government published a draft mini-budget on Wednesday that includes an extra 4 billion euros in public spending cuts and tax relief for nearly 4 million households, as Paris tries to meet deficit targets while placating angry voters.

  • PARIS, June 8- With the euro zone bond market back to irrational exuberance and economic growth returning slowly if unevenly, politics rather than economics now poses the biggest threat to the long-term endurance of Europe's single currency.

  • LONDON, June 6- Emerging European currencies hovered near their ECB-driven highs on Friday as investors switched attention to U.S. employment data, along with D-Day meetings of world leaders for signs of a thaw in relations between Russia and Ukraine.

  • *Price gains limited by easing Ukraine tension, ample supply. LONDON, June 6- Brent crude oil rose above $109 a barrel on Friday, buoyed by optimism that monetary stimulus in the euro zone will lift economic growth and demand for fuel. "Extra liquidity could mean more money for oil," Carsten Fritsch of Commerzbank said.

  • PARIS, June 6- A dispute between U.S. courts and French bank BNP Paribas over alleged sanctions busting could hurt trade treaty talks between the United States and the European Union, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday.