Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions

Tue Jul 9, 2013 4:16pm EDT
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July 9 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Tuesday:

** France will use further sales of state shares in firms to help finance a new 12 billion euro ($15 billion) public investment drive, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Tuesday. The Socialist government has already booked 2 billion euros by selling shares in aerospace group EADS NV, defence contractor Safran SA and airport operator ADP SA.

** Morocco wants Gulf telecom operator Etisalat to take on a local partner as a condition of backing its bid for a 53 percent stake in Maroc Telecom SA, three sources familiar with the matter said. The final deal structure is still being hammered out and it remains to be seen who the local investor will be, the people said.

** Health Management Associates Inc has attracted interest from Community Health Systems Inc and other rivals about buying the $4 billion hospital operator, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.