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French state could become biggest shareholder in Air France -minister

PARIS, April 6 (Reuters) - The French state will be able to raise its shareholding in Air France to nearly 30% and become its biggest shareholder under a state-backed refinancing to help the airline through the COVID-19 crisis, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday

Under the plan approved by the European Commission, France will convert 3 billion euros ($3.54 billion) of already granted state aid into hybrid instruments and raise up to 1 bilion euros in new equity capital, Le Maire told France Inter radio. ($1 = 0.8467 euros) (Reporting by Dominique Vidalon Editing by David Goodman )

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