He was speaking a day after France backed a
tie-up between Alstom and U.S. rival General Electric on
condition the government acquires 20 percent of the company from
"This is a major condition for the government's acceptance of
the alliance," Hollande told reporters in Paris. "That's why I
believe we will make progress by the end of the day."
(Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
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