(Recasts story, adds Fininvest's complaint, details)
By Mathieu Rosemain and Gwénaëlle Barzic
PARIS Dec 19 Vivendi Chairman Vincent
Bollore added pressure on Italian tycoon Silvio Berlusconi on
Monday as the French media giant said it would beef up its stake
in Mediaset up to the threshold triggering an all-share
The move comes about a week after Vivendi bought a fifth of
Mediaset, the Italian broadcaster controlled by Berlusconi, in a
move that stoked an ongoing row between the companies over a
"Vivendi's management board met today and decided... to
increase its investment in Mediaset by acquiring additional
shares depending on market conditions within the limits of 30
percent of the share capital and voting rights," the company
said in a statement.
Berlusconi's family holding Fininvest, which holds 38.3
percent of Mediaset, said earlier on Monday that it had filed a
market abuse complaint against France's Vivendi with national
market authority Consob.
Fininvest also asked Consob to exercise all the powers it
has under an Italian financial regulation, which includes among
other possibilities the seizure of company assets.
Mediaset declined to comment on Vivendi's statement. Vivendi
declined to comment on Mediaset's complaint to Consob.
Vivendi denied on Saturday it was planning to take over
Mediaset after buying 20 percent of the Italian broadcaster's
capital in a move that has riled the government and stoked an
ongoing row between the companies over a pay-TV deal.
(Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain and Gwenaelle Barzic; editing by