France's Hollande Calls Meeting on Alstom

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PARIS--France's president Francois Hollande called a meeting for Thursday morning with senior government officials over Alstom SA, the French presidency said Wednesday.

Mr. Hollande will hold a meeting at 0600 GMT with Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg among the attendees, a spokeswoman for the presidency said.

The meeting comes a day after German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG said Wednesday it would work with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan to assess a potential pitch for parts of French engineering group Alstom.

Siemens invited Mitsubishi to join its continuing appraisal of Alstom, which has already tentatively approved a competing bid from General Electric Co. But French government officials have objected to the American company controlling what they see as a strategic national assets.

A spokeswoman for Alstom declined to comment on the meeting.

-Write to Ruth Bender at ruth.bender@wsj.com

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