FRANCE DAYBOOK: Vivendi Buys Vodafone’s SFR Stake; Ivory Coast

Vivendi SA (VIV) agreed to buy Vodafone Group Plc’s 44 percent stake in mobile-phone operator SFR for 7.95 billion euros ($11.3 billion), giving the French company full control of its largest unit.

French troops took control of the international airport in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, Abidjan, while United Nations secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the U.S. expressed concern about a civilian massacre.

ALL TIMES CET

WHAT TO WATCH: 10.30 a.m. International Energy Agency Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka hosts press conference in Paris.

EARNINGS: *Argan (ARG) SA first-quarter sales. *Delachaux SA (DCH) full-year earnings. *Metabolic Explorer SA (METEX) full-year earnings

ECONOMY: *12:00 p.m. Bank of France Governor Christian Noyer presents the Bank of France’s annual report.

GOVERNMENT: *09:00 Finance Minister Lagarde meets Bangladesh Finance Minister *10:00 President Nicolas Sarkozy meets Bill Gates *11:30 Lagarde Holds Press Conference with Credit ombudsman *19:00 Industry Minister Besson attends UIMM event

EQUITIES: *Areva SA (CEI) The world’s largest provider of nuclear- power equipment and services said financial targets for 2011 and 2012 presented March 3 are being reviewed because the March 11 accident at a Japanese plant mare then irrelevant. *Baccarat (BCRA) : The crystal manufacturer had net income of 2.2 million euros in 2010, after a loss of 12.6 million euros the previous year. *Etablissements Maurel & Prom SA (MAU FP): Chief Executive Officer Jean-Francois Henin, the largest shareholder of the French oil explorer, said he’s failed to attract a reasonable offer for the company, which has also tried to list in London. *Eurazeo (RF) SA: France’s largest publicly-traded private equity firm may resume an occasional share buyback program halted in 2009, Investir-Le Journal des Finances reported, citing an interview with Chief Executive Officer Patrick Sayer. *Faiveley Transport (LEY) : The rail-parts supplier named Thierry Barel as chief executive officer to replace Robert Jouyeux. Guillaume Bouhours will become chief financial officer, the company said in a statement. *GDF Suez (GSZ) SA: France’s energy regulator suggested changing how it calculates natural gas prices supplied by GDF Suez, the country’s former gas monopoly. *Valeo SA (FR) : France’s second-largest auto-parts maker plans to double revenue in China by 2015, China Daily reported.

MARKETS: *The CAC 40 Index rose 1.6 percent to 4,054.76 *The broader SBF 120 also rose 1.6 percent

INTERVIEWS ELSEWHERE:

07:40 UMP lawmaker Goasguen on Canal Plus 07:45 Christian-Democrat’s Christine Boutin on France 2 07:45 Plasticmaker federation head Bruno Estienne on BFM radio 08:15 Les Verts’ Eva Joly on LCI 08:20 Oil Industry Federation’s Jean-Louis Schilansky on BFM radio 12:30 French Insurers Federation’s Bernard Spitz on BFM radio 15:45 Genoway CEO Alexandre Fraichard on BFM radio 16:45 Naturex CEO Jacques Dikansky on BFM radio 18:00 FSI’s Dehecq on BFM radio

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