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PARIS, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The French government will support the appointment of Air Canada executive Ben Smith as the chief executive of Air France-KLM, a government source said on Thursday.
The nomination of Smith, 46, is expected to be proposed to a board meeting later in the day. The plan has already drawn criticism from Air France unions, which objected to the appointment of a non-French national as group CEO. (Reporting by Laurence Frost; editing by Richard Lough)