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Czech billionaire buys 5% stake in French TF1 Group
 15 Sep 2021
Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky has bought a stake of around 5.1% in France’s TF1 Group, a regulatory filing published on Tuesday showed, adding to Kretinsky’s portfolio of stakes in top companies around the world, Reuters reports.

Shares in TF1, which is aiming to merge with rival M6 Group, were up 1.4% while M6 shares were up 0.7%.

Kretinsky, who built one of Europe’s largest energy groups through more than a decade of deals, already has stakes in Le Monde newspaper, French supermarket company Casino and UK supermarket Sainsbury, among others.

In an interview with French paper Les Echos published on Tuesday, Kretinsky said he backed the planned TF1/M6 merger, noting it would result in better content for viewers.

France’s anti-trust watchdog is due to rule on the proposed TF1/M6 merger by the summer of 2022.

Other investments owned by Luxembourg-based VESA Equity, run by Kretinsky and his partner Patrik Tkac, include a 16% stake in Britain’s Royal Mail, and stakes in German retailer Metro AG and Foot Locker.
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