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article imagePeugeot board 'clears tie-up with France, Dongfeng'

By AFP     Feb 18, 2014 in Business

The board of cash-strapped French carmaker Peugeot on Tuesday approved a capital tie-up with the French state and China's number two auto manufacturer Dongfeng, a source told AFP.

"The board meeting is over and everything has been approved," the source close to the deal said.

Under the deal, the French state and Dongfeng are expected to each inject 800 million euros ($1.1 billion) for 14 percent stakes in the company.

The Peugeot family, which has controlled the firm since its founding in 1810, will see its 25-percent stake and 38-percent voting rights diluted to the same amount as the stakes for the government and Chinese state-controlled Dongfeng.

Peugeot, Europe's second-biggest carmaker, has been battered by a European slump in car sales and needed 7 billion euros in state-guaranteed refinancing last year for its credit arm.

The source said the board also approved a deal for a tie-up between Peugeot's financing arm and Spanish bank Santander, as well as the appointment of former Renault executive Carlos Tavares as the new CEO to replace Philippe Varin.

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