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Eurogerm, France Telecom, LVL Medical: French Equity Preview

June 8 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a list of companies whose stocks may have unusual changes in Paris. Symbols are in parentheses after company names and prices are from the last close.

France’s CAC 40 Index rose 0.2 percent to 3,871.92. The broader SBF 120 Index also advanced 0.2 percent to 2,929.19.

Eurogerm SA (ALGEM FP): The maker of food ingredients said it formed a joint venture with Nisshin Seifun in China. The shares were unchanged at 14.61 euros.

France Telecom SA (FTE FP): Chief Executive Officer Stephane Richard defended the company’s dividend after criticism from trade unions. The 1.40 euro ($2.05) a share payout, which represented about 45 percent of 2010 free cash flow, “is on the same basis as that of all the major listed telecom operators,” he said. The shares gained 0.1 percent to 15.30 euros.

LVL Medical Groupe SA (LVL FP): Malakoff Mederic owns 10.29 percent of the home health-care company, Autorite des Marches Financieres said. The shares climbed 1.9 percent to 17.94 euros.

Manitou Group (MTU FP): The industrial-vehicle maker said Serge Bosche, vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas region, resigned effective June 30. Daniel Miller, president of the Compact division, will take over his duties until a replacement can be found, the company said. The shares fell 0.2 percent to 20.85 euros.

Meetic SA (MEET FP): FMR LLC cut its voting right stake in the operator of Europe’s largest online dating network to 4.58 percent, Autorite des Marches Financieres said. The shares rose 0.1 percent to 14.97 euros.

Vetoquinol SA (VETO FP): The diagnostic tests maker said it bought Farmagricola SA in Brazil. The shares declined 0.2 percent to 30.15 euros.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Roberts in Paris at Aroberts36@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Celeste Perri at cperri@bloomberg.net.

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