February 23, 2017 / 9:27 AM / 5 months ago

BRIEF-Orange CEO says 'driving forces' still in place for a consolidation in France

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Feb 23 (Reuters) - Orange SA

* Orange CEO Stephane Richard says there are no talks going on a the moment for a deal to cut number of french telecoms operators

* Richard says group would be first to benefit from a market consolidation in France

* Richard says does not plan to create sports channel by buying sports rights

* Richard says is open to a partnership with Vivendi's pay-tv Canal Plus on sports rights

* Richard says group to focus on Africa and Middle-East region in terms of M&A

* Richard says does not see any 'real opportunity' in terms of M&A in Europe

* Richard makes no commitment to progressively increase the dividend over the next few years Further company coverage: (Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain)

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