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French Stocks: Belvedere, Evolis, Lafarge, Latecoere, Wendel

France’s CAC 40 Index climbed 21.02, or 0.5 percent, to 3,913.73 at the 5:30 p.m. close in Paris. The SBF 120 Index also advanced 0.5 percent.

The following shares rose or fell in Paris. Stock symbols are in parentheses.

Belvedere SA (BVD FP) slumped 5.7 percent to 58.70 euros. Chief Executive Officer Jacques Rouvroy and his deputy lost a legal bid to recover shares in the vodka-maker seized by London hedge funds last June.

Evolis (ALTVO FP) rose 2.9 percent to 16.27 euros. The manufacturer of plastic card printing devices proposed to pay a dividend of 27 euro cents per share after posting a 5.5 million-euro ($7.8 million) profit in 2010.

Lafarge SA (LG FP) increased 2 percent to 42.60 euros. The shares of the world’s biggest cement maker were rated “buy” in new coverage at Berenberg Bank.

Latecoere SA (LAT FP) surged 19 percent to 11.57 euros, the biggest increase in 18 months. The world’s largest independent supplier of aircraft doors has held talks with prospective partners about consolidating its operations.

Wendel (MF FP) climbed 3.6 percent to 73.20 euros. The company raised its 2010 dividend by 25 percent to 1.25 euros and reported net assets per share of 98.20 euros as of March 14, compared with 85.70 euros on Nov. 23. Wendel said the value of its assets increased because of higher earnings at companies including U.S. connectors-maker Deutsch.

Cie de Saint-Gobain SA (SGO FP) added 1.8 percent to 42.40 euros. Wendel is the largest shareholder in the building-material supplier.

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