PARIS, March 1 (Reuters) – French expertise consultancy Atos (ATOS.PA) is in talks with Czech businessman Daniel Kretinsky concerning the doable sale of its Tech Foundations enterprise, Le Monde reported on Wednesday.

The discussions are happening whereas Atos is in non-exclusive talks with European aerospace group Airbus (AIR.PA), which has provided to purchase a 29.9% stake in Atos’ quickly to be spun off division Evidian, which teams property similar to its cybersecurity division BDS and supercomputers.

“The administration of Atos isn’t just speaking to Airbus. In keeping with our data, the administration can also be speaking with Daniel Kretinsky … who for his half is within the group’s historic enterprise of IT companies Tech Foundations,” the French newspaper stated.

Kretinsky holds a minority stake in Le Monde.

Spokespeople for Kretinsky and Atos declined to remark.

In October, Atos stated it had been approached by a number of gamers interested by shopping for Tech Foundations, which teams actions the corporate defines as approaching maturity, similar to knowledge centres and enterprise course of outsourcing.

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Kretinsky, who constructed considered one of Europe’s largest vitality teams by greater than a decade of offers, has been diversifying and scouring retail, media and different areas for investments.

Final week, shares in French retailer Fnac Darty (FNAC.PA) rose sharply after a media report stated Kretinsky can be prepared to purchase the 24% stake within the firm held by prime shareholder Ceconomy (CECG.DE), the German electronics retailer.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon, Matthieu Rosemain
Modifying by Mark Potter

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