Focus on France

Sarkozy's concern over changes at Le Monde

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy has summoned a senior executive from Le Monde to the Elysée Palace to raise concerns about the bidding contest for control of the country's most venerable paper. It is widely believed that Sarkozy is uneasy about the prospect of one of the bidders - a team led by Matthieu Pigasse, who heads the Lazard Bank.