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Sarkozy Seeks to Pair French, Algerian Natural-Gas Firms

French President Nicolas Sarkozy plans to push for an alliance between France’s state natural-gas company and its Algerian counterpart when he travels to Algiers in July, according to a spokesman, an indication that Mr. Sarkozy is seeking an alternative to the French company’s proposed merger with Suez SA. Mr. Sarkozy “remains keen on the idea” of somehow joining government-owned Gaz de France with Algeria’s Groupe Sonatrach SpA, spokesman David Martinon said Thursday. Mr. Sarkozy will visit Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia to promote his idea of a closer partnership between the European Union and Mediterranean countries, Mr. Martinon said. Full Story

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