France asks Vivendi to delay Maroc Telecom sale

Telecoms

French president Francois Hollande is said to have asked Vivendi to delay the process of selling its 53 percent stake in Maroc Telecom until the war in Mali is over, writes French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Maroc Telecom is described a source of information for the French intelligence service in the Sahel, as it controls subsidiaries in Mali, Mauritania and Burkina Faso, and can monitor calls between suspected Jihadists.

The magazine adds that there are suspicions that one of the bidders, Qatar's Qtel, may have relations with the Jihadists.