Asked if talks between the two companies were
over, Elisabeth Borne told BFM TV: "I think it is not closed."
Borne's comments follow similar remarks by French Finance
Minister Bruno Le Maire, who also said he felt a merger between
France's Renault and Italian-American Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
(FCA) remained a "good opportunity."
French budget minister Gerald Darmanin said last week as well
that he hoped the door had not closed on a deal.
Last week, FCA pulled out of $35 billion merger talks with
Renault, with both companies blaming the French government.
France has a 15% stake in Renault and the collapse of the talks
deprived the companies of an opportunity to create the world's
third-biggest carmaker with 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) in
promised annual synergies.
FCA and Renault are still looking for ways to resuscitate their
merger plan and win the approval of Renault's alliance partner
Nissan, sources close to the companies have told Reuters.
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Mathieu Rosemain and
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