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Italy's CIR says there are no talks with Vivendi on Gedi stake

MILAN, July 30 (Reuters) - Italian holding company CIR said on Tuesday it was not in talks with France's Vivendi over a stake in media group Gedi Gruppo Editoriale.

A CIR spokeswoman made the comment to Reuters when asked about a newspaper report that Vivendi was interested in buying a minority stake in Gedi, which has newspapers including La Repubblica, radio stations and also a digital advertising firm.

The spokeswoman, however, confirmed a detail of business daily Il Sole 24 Ore's report -- that CIR executives recently had lunch with Vivendi Chief Executive Arnaud de Puyfontaine. (Reporting by Giancarlo Navach Editing by Mark Bendeich)