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ALSTOM va décoller

La SNCF confirme une méga-commande de TGV à Alstom de 3 milliards d'euros


La présidente de la SNCF Anne-Marie Idrac a confirmé jeudi une grosse commande de TGV à deux étages auprès du constructeur ferroviaire français Alstom pour un montant total pouvant aller jusqu'à 3 milliards d'euros et qui devrait être attribuée en juin. La présidente de la SNCF, Anne-Marie Idrac, le 25 mai 2007 à Paris .

PARIS (AFP) - 07 juin 2007 | 11H43


A la question de savoir si la SNCF s'appprêtait bien à attribuer ce contrat, Mme Idrac a répondu lors d'un entretien sur Europe 1 : "Je confirme".Cette commande, attendue depuis plusieurs mois, porte sur 80 rames fermes et 40 en option de TGV Duplex, a précisé un porte-parole de la SNCF.

Une rame de TGV Duplex coûte en moyenne 25 millions d'euros, a-t-il rappelé.

La commande a été confirmée lors du conseil d'administration de l'entreprise publique fin mai et devrait être attribuée en juin, a ajouté le porte-parole.

Le groupe français était seul en lice pour cet appel d'offres. Il est le seul à construire des rames de TGV à deux étages. Le canadien Bombardier en fabrique une petite partie, dans le cadre d'un consortium mené par le français.

Alstom a déjà remporté en avril une commande de 200 trams-trains pour 650 millions d'euros auprès de la compagnie nationale.

Mme Idrac a aussi rappelé jeudi que la SNCF passerait en 2008 et en 2009 de nouveaux appels d'offres pour des trains régionaux et pour des TGV.







Gold fingers

Tom Mitchelson

Forget the oligarchs, no one is attracted to money like the new army of Russian beauties taking over London. Femail went undercover to find out what they're REALLY after...


People stare at Natalia. She is stunningly beautiful, elegant, and with a figure that a movie star would die for.


I've known her for four hours and we have just had a bottle of champagne that cost me £200. Now we're strolling down Old Bond Street in London.


She pauses at a jewellery shop and stares in the window. With an exquisitely manicured finger, she points to a diamond encrusted wristwatch.

Tom Mitchelson with an Eastern European companion


"This is lovely," she tells me. "Will you buy it for me when the shop opens tomorrow?"


"It's £33,000," I choke. She looks at me, puzzled.


Her blue eyes freeze and she removes her hand from my arm.


"Is money a problem?" she asks, in a caring sort of way.


This is not my normal life. It all started a few weeks earlier when I heard that Britain is under siege from a monstrous regiment of Russian temptresses - arriving here on the billionaire coat tails of Roman Abramovich and his fabulously wealthy friends, and set on grabbing a British boyfriend, a British expense account and a British passport.


Was this true? Or was it just an urban myth? It is certainly widely believed, I found.


There's plenty of talk around the place about Rapacious Russians and Slavic Sirens stalking our streets in search of men - and men with money, at that.


If they exist, they are a glittering army of clever, glamorous, ambitious, sophisticated vamps, descending, locust-like on London, the world's leading financial centre, in a mad search for merchant bankers, commodity traders and City bonus - pocketers.


But was this picture correct? To find out, I would romance the Russianistas, uncover the Ukrainians, and leave no Estonian unturned.


My technique is simple. I shall adopt the persona of a wealthy young man-about-town.


Not wanting to be caught out by elaborate lies, I tell anyone who asks that I inherited my money and amuse myself by writing screenplays.


The truth is I am not a City high-flyer and not even a plumber. In fact, I'm a penniless young writer. But I do own one good suit and I know how to act.


I resolve to spend money I don't have as if there's no tomorrow - and keep a diary that may go some way to keeping me.


I begin my quest in a nightclub in the West End. It is guest-list only. I talk my way onto the list and saunter in.


The crowd is heaving. Sleek women of uncertain backgrounds dance round their handbags, and I can hear the murmur of Slavic accents.


"There's a lot of Eastern Europeans in tonight," I say to the barman.


"Yeah, it's Russian night. Every night is Russian night."


It is 2.37am when I find what I've been looking for. Natalia and I click.


We flirt, we dance and exchange numbers. We arrange a date.


The following evening I'm in a five-star hotel in Mayfair - her choice of meeting point. It seems to be a favourite haunt of hers.


High heels echo over the marble floor and Natalia enters, her Slavic cheekbones accentuated by her tiedback hair.


She's wearing something blue and filmy that shouts money.


She doesn't want to eat because she's worried about her figure, but she does want to drink.


Her tipple is Bollinger 1998 at £180 a go.


My jaw drops, but I have to remember this is her world. As confidently as possible, I take out my wallet.


She tells me that though she's from Moscow, she holidays in Mustique and Monaco and loves Prada.


I ask if she's heard of Primark. She hasn't. And then we're off.


Natalia wants us to meet her friends at a nightclub. I


t's called Pangaea and it's popular with visiting Russians and the younger members of the Royal Family.


This is where Prince Harry took it upon himself to lash out at a photographer, so I know it must be a classy joint.


She gets in free, but it costs me £30. We sit with two other Russian girls and Natalia demands I buy more champagne - which leaves me £150 less well off (not that I was well off anyway).


There's much laughter and joviality. Unfortunately, much of it is in Russian and I'm beginning to feel my function is merely to pick up the bill.


Where is this going? Does Natalia see all men - me included - as cash cows?


It is 4.23am when Natalia and I leave, together, and she sees the wristwatch - £33,000-worth of antique gold, silver and precious stones - in the shop window. So that's where she thinks it's going.


I make my excuses, as they say, and leave. I feel a little let down by Natalia's commercial approach and decide it's wise - if only for the sake of my bank manager's sanity - that we don't see each other again.


Natalia seems less than upset when I tell her so.


Next day, I head west to Chelsea, home of the ultimate oligarch, Roman Abramovich.


There seem to be more Russians in Chelsea than were at the Siege of Stalingrad. They haunt stylish bars, ostentatious restaurants and swanky hotels. Understated good taste is not their scene.


It is here that I meet Svetlana. I'm pretending to be working on my laptop in a bar when I hear the now unmistakable sound of Russian being spoken. Time to make my move.


I've perfected a blatant approach. Once I'm fairly sure the girl is Russian (normally by eavesdropping on her conversations), I sidle over and make lighthearted small-talk to assess the situation. Favoured topics


of conversation would be the barman, for example, the bar or the club.


Continuing a conversation with an available Russianista from there on isn't difficult.


After all, she was there to find a suitable man - and I was there to find a suitable woman.


I take Svetlana to the American Bar at the Savoy.


Even without her sixinch heels, she is tall. (I'm 6ft 1in and she towers over me.)


She's from St Petersburg, she tells me, and is 24. She adores nightclubs and giggles about getting in free on account of her uscule skirts.


She tells me: "I find myself very good-looking."


She is proud of her curves - "Men are not dogs, they don't like bones" - and long legs.


As she sips her chilled Vodka Martini she tells me she wants to see more of the world, travelling first class.


Top of her list is Venice. "Venice is one of the seven wonders of the world," she informs me.


As the evening goes on, it turns out Svetlana thinks Disney World in Florida is another of the seven wonders of the world.


As is Nelson's column, apparently. I steer the conversation away from the Millennium Wheel, the Dome of St Paul's and Big Ben...Svetlana turns her attention to hair colour and asks me if I think brunettes are more intelligent than blondes. I tell her I don't.


She nods enthusiastically. "Yes, because if you were a blonde and dyed your hair brunette, how would that make a difference?" I'm impressed by her logic.


"There are even people who think blondes are stupid," she laughs, shaking her golden hair in delight.


I order another Martini. Svetlana tells me that an ex-boyfriend bought her a convertible Mini. I sense she would expect the same from me.


I have a fun evening with Svetlana, but it is obvious that my most important charm (apart from my tolerance of endless discussion of hair colour) is what she believes to be my wealth.


That's what she's looking for - and she'll find it, because she's determined to. But not from me.


In a hotel bar near Hyde Park Corner, I find Ludmila. While ordering drinks, I strike up conversation. She is a brunette and intelligent. Frighteningly intelligent.


She's 23 and has a Double First from Cambridge.


She's been in England since her parents sent her to boarding school at the age of 15.


We go to a restaurant and she suggests we drink straight vodka.


She is doing her final practical training to become a pathologist. I watch in awe as she expertly dissects her rare steak.


In order to justify my interest in Russian women, I have claimed a knowledge of the nation's literature.


To my horror, between bloody mouthfuls she starts to question me on Tolstoy. I more or less carry it off - and adjust my mental stereotype of a Muscovite moll.


It's an enjoyable evening, and oddly I don't feel she is one of the Russianistas seeking wealth above all else.


Money, however, seems to be assumed in an eligible man.


The meal costs an arm and a leg - the best part of £200. Ludmila does not bat an eyelid and she has no plans on going dutch.


I wonder when the last time was that she paid for anything.


I drop her off in the taxi, and the next morning she sends me a text message telling me she had a nice time.


In other circumstances I might have seen her again, but my wallet would not allow it.


Nastia proves less complicated. She's pretty, pale-skinned and has a pixie-like expression. Audrey Hepburn meets Bjork.


Having overheard her accent in a small coffee shop in central London, I strike up conversation and invite her out for dinner. She consents.


I am sensing a pattern here. These gals will happily accede to a request for a date from any man who looks loaded.


Whether you ever actually get a second date depends on whether you really are rich.


Perhaps there's a sliding scale: first base if you're worth a million, second base for two million.


I ask Nastia where she'd like to go. She says Nobu (one of London's most fashionable and expensive restaurants).


Nastia tells me it's her particular ambition to get to know an Englishman and explains that she is turned on by "money and power". At least she's honest.


She would like to meet a "self-sufficient man which is engaged in favourite business".


I'm delighted when she tells me she finds me a "cheerful person" and that it would be "desirable to communicate further with me".


She adds: "I hope for serious attitude from you."


I take Nastia to Nobu and she apologises for her English.


I tell her it's far better than my Russian. She asks me what I mean. The evening turns into a series of mistranslations.


I ask where in Russia she comes from.


"Vilnius." she replies. "But that's Lithuania," I say, exhibiting my GCSE geography.


"When I born, it in Soviet Union. So I'm Russian. I don't like Lithuanians."


Despite the language barrier, Nastia seems keen and at one point leans over the table and whispers in my ear: "You are my white horse man."


Keen not to lead her on, I tell her I ought to make the last Tube home.


She tells me: "I think we met because of satellites hitting."


She really must think I'm Mr Moneybags to be giving me this spiel.


Having remortgaged my flat, I am able to pay the bill at Nobu, and Nastia and I part as friends. I am beginning to think that even if they are all golddiggers, they are tremendous fun.


But then I encounter Oxana from Ekaterinburg, whom I've been put in touch with through a friend.


She wants to meet me near the Bank of England. This is clearly a woman who likes the proximity of money.


I book a restaurant with a Michelin-starred chef and wait in the bar for her to arrive. Blonde with harsh features, she briskly shakes my hand and refuses a drink from the bar. She wants a cup of tea.


Then, in a whiney voice, she begins to catalogue her complaints about life.


She hates the weather, she is cold, she is tired and she doesn't feel well.


And she doesn't live in Kensington, near all her Russian friends, and is angry about it.


We move into the restaurant and examine the menu.


After a moment she puts it down and says: "There is nothing I wish to eat on this card."


"Nothing at all?" I ask. "Nothing."


I mentally shrug and go over to the maitre d' and explain discreetly: "I'm very sorry but something's come up and we have to leave."


At this point, Oxana joins us. "To which restaurant do we go now?" she asks loudly.


Finally we find a restaurant she approves of.


Now she doesn't want tea: she grabs the wine list.


She explains to me that she had been married to a man from Azerbaijan who was resident in the UK.


Now they are divorced. On the basis of my evening with her, he will have had no difficulty proving unreasonable behaviour.


Throughout the meal she keeps talking on her mobile phone (in Russian).


She asks me whether I have any single friends because all her friends want to meet men.


"Are they Russian?" I ask. "Of course."


I bid farewell to Oxana, muttering good riddance once she's out of earshot.


Natalia, Ludmila, Nastia, Svetlana, Oxana - were they typical? It had become clear to me that I had only scratched the surface - that there are thousands, maybe tens of thousands out there, looking for a rich British date.


But let me offer a word of warning to over-sexed Englishmen hoping for an easy catch and quick escape.


These Russians are no credulous bimbos. Nor are they one-night escorts in search of a smart restaurant, champagne and a taxi home.


They may be hot stuff, but they are smarter than you, more determined than you - and probably taller than you, too.


So think twice before messing with an unattached Russian lady. Believe me, there will be a high price to pay.


source:  Daily Mail


Without any confirmation

* Adidas:

Following the interest of PPR on Puma, the market reported that Apax is seeking

to build a stake in Adidas.

* Ahold:

Speculation that Ahold could be bought by private-equity firms or merge with

Delhaize Group after the Foodservice sale was complete.

* Aker Drilling ASA:

Seadrill Ltd. raised its holdings in smaller rivals Aker Drilling ASA and

Scorpion Offshore Ltd. after buying forward contracts for shares in the


* Alstom:

There is renewed speculation regarding a possible operation between Alstom and

Areva. It is suspected that Bouygues, which holds a 25.01% stake in Alstom,

could move for Areva as a prior step of a merger between between Co. and


* Atos Origin:

Centaurus, which holds just under 10 pct of Atos Origin's capital, said at Atos'

AGM it would be in favour of receiving new takeover offers for the Co. Rumoured

price was around EUR 58 a share.

* Baloise Holding:

Axa, Allianz, Groupama, Generali and are mentioned as potential buyers in the


* Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena:

La Repubblica reported that the bank was in merger talks with BBVA.

* Bankinter:

Bankinter's second largest shareholder, the investor Ramchand Bhavnani, said he

has permission from Spain's central bank to raise his stake to 14.99 pct from

the current 14.79 pct, and said he may consider further stakebuilding.

* Bank of Ireland:

Speculation of HBOS may bid for Bank of Ireland.

* BG Group Plc:

Shares gained recently on market talk of possible ExxonMobil interest in BG

Group. Previously, Shell and BP were mentioned as potential bidders.

* Bhp Billiton:

Alcan in early stage talks with BHP after rejecting Alcoa bid, Canada's Global

and Mail newspaper said.

* Britvic Plc:

Permira is believed to be considering an unsolicited takeover bid for Britvic,

valuing the Co. at around 1 bln stg, according to a report in the Mail.

Permira has built up a 14 pct stake in Britvic since last September, and a

takeover offer could follow the interim results on May 25.

* Cable & Wireless:

Many rumours reported that Cable & Wireless may be a target for a foreign peers.

* Centrica Plc:

The newpapers reported last year that Gazprom was interested in Centrica.

* Clarins SA:

Shares of Clarins jumped the most in four years on speculation the Co. may be

sold after the company announced the death of founder and Chairman Jacques


* Commerzbank:

Recent takeover rumour from Citigroup.


The Co. may be the subject of a leveraged buy-out.

* Friends Provident:

AXA will consider launching a rival bid for Friends Provident if JC Flowers

launches a takeover offer, according to a report in The Observer.

* Gas Natural:

Suez will raise its stake in Co. to 15%, reports El Confidencial. Notes that La

Caixa and Suez are partners in Aguas de Barcelona. Says Suez's increased stake

has revived talk of a merger between Co. and Agbar.

* Getronics:

Shares of Getronics rose recently after newspaper De Telegraaf said Getronics

lenders want the company to prepare a sale to Royal KPN NV. KPN last year held

exploratory talks with Getronics.

* Hammerson plc:

Rumours of KKR, Vornado may bid for the Co.

* Hellenic Telecom:

Greece's gov has been trying to sell a stake in Hellenic Telecom to a European

phone company with past attempts failed due to worker opposition and government

reluctance to cede control of management. Telekom Austria said it's no longer

interested in teaming up for HTO.

* Imperial Chemical Industries:

ICI has been the subject of persistent takeover speculation, with Akzo Nobel

most frequently touted as a suitor.

* Infineon AG:

Vague rumour on May 15 of private equity interest.

* Ingenico:

Recent LBO rumour.

* Intercontinental:

Rumours of Barclay brothers stakebuilding and also rumours of a 1,600p bid.

* Ipsos:

Challenges magazine echoes the rumours about a group's disposal. Potential

buyers would be Publicis, Omnicom and private equity funds.

* Julius Baer:

Julius Baer Holding AG's management will be replaced after UBS AG sells its

stake of about 20 percent. UBS may sell its holding as early as May 25, when an

agreement to hold the shares expires. Deutsche Bank is cited as a potential


* Kingfisher PLC:

Speculation that buyout firms may bid for the company.

* London Stock Exchange:

DB1 to merge with the London Stock Exchange would be an option. Nasdaq still

holds around 30 pct of LSE after its last attempt failed to convince LSE's


* Next Plc:

Rumour of takeover offer at GBP25.00/sh. Note that a rumour of GBP20/sh did the

rounds last year citing private equity interest.

* NH Hoteles:

Hesperia has decided to maintain its stake in Co. at current levels and will

thus spend c.EUR 60m in the capital increase to keep its 23.6% stake, according

to Expansion. Hesperia's chairman is looking for partners to help launch a bid

for Co., reports ElConfidencial.com.

* Northern Rock:

Takeover rumours had re-emerged, with BBVA mentioned as as possible bidder.


Deutsche Bourse's Chairman of the Board Reto Francioni tells Wirtschaftswoche

that even a new attempt to merge with the London Stock Exchange would be an


* Pearson Plc:

On January, Pearson may be the target of a takeover by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts &

Co., according to news reported.

* Repsol:

Spanish newspaper reported that Eni could be interested in Repsol. La Gaceta

notes continuing talk of a deal with Gas Natural or private equity.

* Rio Tinto:

BHP Billiton chief executive Chip Goodyear refused to dismiss speculation the

miner was planning to take over rival Rio Tinto, saying the company was always

looking for acquisitions. Talk earlier this month that BHP Billiton was planning

a bid for Rio Tinto.

* Rhodia SA:

Traders speculated in Janurary Rhodia may be acquired by Arnhem, Holland-based

Akzo Nobel NV.


Recently vague rumour of bid from EDF.

* Sainsbury(J) PLC:

Bid attempts failed from Private Equity firms. Robert Tchenguiz, who owns more

than 5 pct of Sainsbury, has called the board to gear up its balance sheet and

return cash to shareholders selling its property asset. Qatari group buys 14.4

pct stake in Sainsbury, the FT reported.

* SAP:

Rumour of Oracle bought 8.2% of SAP.

* Scottish & Newcastle:

Carlsberg A/S said its founding trust plans to loosen control to enable the

brewer to sell stock for acquisitions.

* Slough Estates (Segro):

British Land could be interested in Co. and a bid could come in at GBP8.00/sh.

* Societe Generale:

Societe Generale still considers a tie-up with Italian peer Unicredit would make

sense in the long term, despite the latter's impending merger with Capitalia,

Les Echos reported citing internal sources at Societe Generale. According to the

sources, Unicredit's potential merger with Capitalia in no way undermines the

logic of a Franco-Italian tie-up.

* Soitec:

Bid rumour for Co. at EUR 25 per share. Revived rumours had it that Intel is


* Stada Arzneimittel:

Merrill Lynch said the chance of Stada will be a takeover target has increased.

Stada could be valued at as much as 78 euros a share in a possible takeover

situation, Merrill Lynch said in a note.

* Standard Chartered:

Market talk of a GBP21/share bid. Note that this rumour has done the rounds


* Stork NV:

Centaurus doesn't plan to bid for Stork. Buying Stork is ``not our objective,''

said Bernard Oppetit, chairman of Centaurus. Centaurus and Paulson & Co.

together hold more than 30 percent of Stork shares.

* Tate & Lyle:

Bid rumours reported by the FT on Jan 19.

* TeliaSonera AB:

The Swedish government said it intends to sell 8 pct of TeliaSonera AB and has

agreed to not sell any more shares over the bourse until April 2008 at the



Many rumours reported that UPS or Fedex are interested in the Co.

* Union Fenosa:

Shares of Union Fenosa gained on speculation that E.ON AG may make a takeover

bid. Investors have speculated that ACS may instead try to merge Fenosa with

larger rival Iberdrola, in which ACS owns 10 percent.

* Vallourec:

Speculation that Arcelor Mittal may make a takeover offer. Also Roman Abramovich

may buy a stake in the company.

* Whitbread:

Starwood Capital is mentioned as a potential bidder for the Co.

* William Morrison Supermarkets:

CVC is not currently considering an offer for UK supermarket chain William

Morrison Supermarkets. The Sunday Express had reported that CVC was eying up

Morrison following its failed 10 bln attempt to take over J Sainsbury earlier

this year.

* Yell Plc:

The market reported that Google may have an interest in the Co.

* Zurich Financial Services:

Shares of Zurich Financial Services rose on speculation that Warren Buffett's

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. may bid for Zurich Financial.


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Madame, Monsieur,

J'ai souscrit auprès de votre compagnie d'assurance le x/xx/xx et à l'occasion de mon emprunt immobilier contracté avec la banque y, une assurance collective couvrant le décès, l'incapacité et l'invalidité.

Vous n'êtes pas sans savoir que dans le domaine de l'assurance vie, auquel appartiennent les contrats collectifs décès, la loi L 331-3 du code des assurances, pose le principe de la participation des assurés aux bénéfices réalisés par les compagnies d'assurance sur ces contrats.

Or j'apprends dans l'actualité de ces derniers jours que les contrats d'assurance emprunteur sont en général largement bénéficiaires et que ces bénéfices auraient été versés aux banques souscriptrices des contrats de groupe.

Il est clair que jusqu'à présent je n'ai jamais rien reçu au titre de la participation aux bénéfices de mon contrat d'assurance emprunteur. C'est pourquoi, j'exige, dans la mesure où mon contrat de groupe est bénéficiaire, de récupérer la participation aux bénéfices qui m'est due.

Dans l'attente d'une réponse de votre part, je vous prie de croire, Madame, Monsieur, à l'assurance de mes sentiments les meilleurs.


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