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Lagardere to sell off stake in defence giant EADS by July

French multinational company has made no secret of wish to get rid of 7.5 per cent stake in firm



PARIS—Lagardere has confirmed its intention to sell its stake in European aerospace and defence giant EADS by the end of July.

The French multinational company has made no secret of its wish to get rid of its 7.5 per cent stake in EADS, the parent company of plane maker Airbus and arch rival of U.S.-based Boeing Co.

In a statement, Lagardere says a “substantial portion” of the proceeds will be distributed to its shareholders.

No further details were disclosed.

The opportunity to sell the stake came last year when France and Germany agreed to shake up EADS’ shareholding structure to reduce government influence.

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