Unheard of for 100% private companies: Bercy blocked the takeover offer by Quebec distributor Couche-Tard of the French giant. Behind the scenes.
By Beatrice Parrino
Published on 01/21/2021 at 1:00 p.m.
– Modified 01/22/2021 at 12:31 p.m.
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Ct is twilight and introductions time. Here are two men eager to meet. Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy and Finance of France, 6 e world power, and a complete stranger, Alain Bouchard, president and co-founder of the food chain Couche-Tard, 2 e fortune of Quebec with 3.3 billion euros in his wallet. We are January 15, at 6 e floor of Bercy. Three days earlier, the Minister learned that this 71-year-old Quebecer, lover of great French and Italian wines, wants to invest in us: not in the energy sector nor in that …