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(CNN) -- France Telecom provides local, long-distance, and international calling services, as well as wireless phone services and data transmission.

The former monopoly is still 55.5 percent owned by the French government.

The Paris-based group has 34 million fixed-line telephone subscribers in France.

It bought Europe's third-biggest mobile phone operator, Orange, in 2000 from UK mobile phone operator Vodafone Group, Europe's biggest mobile phone company.

Orange, which is France's biggest mobile phone operator, has 35 million customers in Europe and the Middle East.

Its French customer base is 18 million and it has 12 million subscribers in the UK, making it No. 2 in that market after Vodafone.

France Telecom has a 28.5 percent in MobilCom, a German mobile phone operator, through Orange.

In addition, France Telecom is majority owner of Wanadoo, Europe' second-biggest Internet service provider, and controls Equant, which provides international data and voice services to business customers.

Web site: www.francetelecom.com

Chairman: Thierry Breton




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