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IN THE U.K., EUROPEAN MEDIA: Bouygues, Pabst Brewing, Riverbed

March 3 (Bloomberg) -- The following stories on European companies appeared in European media at the weekend. For European debt crisis, see here.

BREAKING WEEKEND M&A STORIES: * Bouygues Discusses SFR Plans With Hollande, Plans Bid: JDD * Pabst Brewing Said Seeking Buyer; Deal May Fetch $1b:

Reuters * Riverbed Said to Get Buyout Interest Above Elliott’s Offer * Minerals Technologies Said to Ready $1.6b-$2b Amcol Bid: FT * India’s Jaiprakash May Sell 2 Power Plants for $2b: WSJ * Novartis Chairman Wants to Keep Drugmaker Independent: SZ * Dubai Considers Stake Sale in State Companies: Telegraph * Zhejiang Geely to Buy Electric Car Startup Emerald

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U.K. & IRELAND: * RBS Looks to Merge Ulster Bank With Rivals: Sunday Times * Maplin Valued as Much as GBP500m in Potential Sale:

Telegraph * U.K. Structure of Banking Pay ‘Seriously Flawed,’ Tyrie

Says: FT * Virgin Money to Support Payment of Higher Bank Bonuses: Sky * Alliance Trust Sees Business Risk in Scotland Vote:

Telegraph * Goldman Sachs Leads Bids for Sub-Prime Lender: Sunday Times * RBS Boss McEwan Sees End of Free Banking: Telegraph * Alliance Trust Sees Business Risk in Scotland Vote:

Telegraph * U.K. Revenue Won’t Charge 20% VAT on Bitcoin Trades: FT * British Gas Boss Warns on U.K. Energy Battle: Mail on Sunday * PHS Lenders Plan to Take Control in Debt Swap: Sunday Times * Rolls-Royce Investigated in India Over Bribery Claims:

Telegraph * Israel’s XL Media Plans London IPO: Daily Telegraph * Bidders Shortlisted for Southern Cross Properties: FT

EUROPE: * Ukraine Reinforces Army Amid Outcry at Russia’s Crimea Grab * Employment in U.S. to ECB Policy Decision: Global Economy * Sen. Levin Says U.S. Program for Swiss Banks Bad Deal: SZ * Credit Suisse Shifts Remaining U.S. Business to New Unit:

SaS * Novartis Chairman Wants to Keep Drugmaker Independent: SZ * Raiffeisen Says Parties Still Interested in Ukraine Bank: FT * Leoni Seeks to Double Sales, Operating Result by 2025: FAZ * Fresenius Sees ‘Modest’ Administration Job Cut at Rhoen: FAS * Lego Looking ‘Very Intently’ at 3D Printing, CFO Says: FT * French Govt Pressures Cos. to Cut Top Executive Pay 30%:

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