Groupe Lagardere names Yves Sabouret to be its new head of lobbying in Brussels

Paris: Groupe Lagardere, the French communications and aerospace group that holds important stakes in such strategic French companies as Matra and Aerospatiale, has named Yves Sabouret to be in charge of its lobbying, notably with regard to Brussels and the European Commission.

Sabouret recently resigned as the president of the NMPP (Nouvelles

messageries de la presse parisienne), the press group which distributes

newspapers and magasines in the Paris region.

At Groupe Lagardere's offices in Brussels, his first job will be to

expedite the European Commission authorisation for Lagardere - which also

owns publishing giant Hachette Filipacchi Medias - to acquire control of

the VUP (Vivendi Universal Publishing) press group which Lagardere recently acquired from mother company Vivendi Universal.

Groupe Lagardere was recently in the news for having revealed that

Iranian interests held a two percent stake in the French communications and aerospace group and that the stake would soon be sold off with the

resulting revenues contributed to assist Iraq in its reconstruction.

According to Gerard de Roquemaurel, chairman of Hachette Filipacchi

Medias, "with the recently-voted UN Security Council resolution, the stake,

which was frozen since the first Gulf War, will now be unblocked and we

expect for it to be sold shortly, with the proceeds going most likely for

the reconstruction of Iraq."

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