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Orascom knocking on French doors

Egyptian telecoms operator Orascom is keen to enter the French telecoms market, according to a report in La Tribune today, as cited by a number of sources.

Orascom chairman and CEO Naguib Sawiris was quoted by the French newspaper saying his company is "knocking on every door" in France, including those of telecoms and media player Vivendi and mobile operator Bouygues Telecom.

This time last year Total Telecom predicted that a major Middle Eastern player would make the move into Europe before too long. It hasn't happened so far, but maybe 2008 will be the year.

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