French and Benelux stocks-Factors to watch on Oct. 3

PARIS Mon Oct 3, 2011 11:17am IST

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PARIS Oct 3 (Reuters) - Below are company-related news and stories from French and Benelux media which could have an impact on the region's markets or individual stocks.

AIR FRANCE

The chief of staff of former French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde has been chosen to become head of the main French airline unit of Air France-KLM as part of a management reshuffle at the carrier, newspaper La Tribune reported on Sunday.

FRENCH ELECTIONS

Two thirds of French voters believe President Nicolas Sarkozy will lose next year's elections if he runs -- including more than half of his own party's supporters, a survey showed on Sunday.

HERMES

PARIS, Oct 2 (Reuters) - French luxury goods maker Hermes sees no sign yet of affluent buyers tightening their purse strings in spite of a sombre global economic outlook, the head of the brand said on Sunday at Paris Fashion Week.

ACCOR

Accor SA , Europe's largest hotel group, said on Friday it signed a franchise deal in the United Kingdom with Jupiter Hotels, the new owners of the former debt-ridden Jarvis hotels chain, to step up its presence there.

GRONTMIJ (GRONc.AS)

The Dutch construction company said late on Friday it has agreed to sell its French telecoms business to the management and mbo Partenaires. No financial details were given.

Grontmij said in December it planned to divest non-core businesses to cut debt.

IPSEN

The French drugmaker said partner Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals had been informed that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) had accepted a filing for a bleeding-prevention treatment for hemophiliacs, triggering a milestone payment for Inspiration. Multimedia versions of Reuters Top News are now available for: * 3000 Xtra : visit topnews.session.rservices.com * BridgeStation: view story .134 For more information on Top News visit topnews.reuters.com For pan-European market data and news, click on codes in brackets: European Equities speed guide................... FTSE Eurotop 300 index.............................. DJ STOXX index...................................... Top 10 STOXX sectors........................... Top 10 EUROSTOXX sectors...................... Top 10 Eurotop 300 sectors..................... Top 25 European pct gainers....................... Top 25 European pct losers........................

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