PARIS, Feb 17 (Reuters) - France will evaluate the proposed sale of General Motors’ Opel division to Peugeot maker PSA Group in close daily consultation with the German and British governments, Industry Minister Christophe Sirugue said on Friday.
“We are in discussion primarily to share information because we too learned of this announcement in the press,” Sirugue told Reuters after a news conference at the finance ministry.
Following conversations with his British and German counterparts, Sirugue said the ministers would speak daily as they “assess what is at stake for each of our countries” in plans for Paris-based PSA to buy GM’s European division. The talks were confirmed by the companies this week.
Government discussions on the proposed tie-up would seek to establish “whether it is an opportunity - which we don’t rule out - or whether on the other hand it carries risks that we need to evaluate,” Sirugue said. (Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; writing by Laurence Frost; editing by Jason Neely)