** Carlyle, Lonestar, PAI, retained to make final bids for the Areas business of France's Elior in coming weeks, sources tell Les Echos.
** Italy's Autogrill said to be out of the process - Les Echos
** Elior eyes valuation of at least 1.6 billion euros for Areas - les Echos
** Preferred bidders for Areas are expected to be chosen by the start of March, a source close to the matter had told Reuters.
Note: Reuters has not verified this story and does not vouch for its accuracy
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