All that for this. In barely twelve days, the leading French retailer and leading employer in France almost changed ownership. Before the State, through the voice of Bruno Le Maire, suddenly whistles the end of the game. The Minister of the Economy said “niet” to the takeover of Carrefour by the Canadian group Couche-Tard. One way for the government to remind people that it has a say in this kind of deal, and for Le Maire to reaffirm its role as arbiter in major financial or industrial operations. Three months earlier, despite his rise to the niche, the boss of Bercy was unable to oppose Engie, in which the State is a shareholder, sell its stake in the water distributor Suez to its main competitor, Veolia. All the more reason not to let control of Carrefour slip away across the Atlantic.
Couche-Tard gets up early
The mail comes from Montreal, Quebec, and it is addressed to the head office of Carrefour
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