Areva to get new head, Lauvergeon to leave: PM's office

16th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

The French prime minister said Thursday that Anne Lauvergeon will stand down as head of Areva at the end of her term this month, after a long period of uncertainty over who would lead one of the world's largest nuclear energy companies.

Lauvergeon will be replaced by Luc Oursel, her deputy, the prime minister's office said in a statement after she met Premier Francois Fillon.

The decision will now go to the cabinet for formal approval, it added.

Lauvergeon's supporters had been pressing her case for another term at Areva but it was widely believed that French President Nicolas Sarkozy did not want her to continue in the post.

The French state holds some 90 percent of Areva, the statement noted, adding that the government, in appointing Oursel, took full account of his industrial and nuclear experience gained at the company.

© 2011 AFP

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