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ENGIE to remain major shareholder of SUEZ

ENGIE SA's board of directors confirmed the company will remain a major shareholder of the waste and water company SUEZ SA

The French gas and energy company said in a news release that it will maintain its 32% ownership interest in Suez and supports Suez's growth objectives.

ENGIE's statement came in response to market speculation that the French utility was either considering an increase its stake in Suez or to sell its holdings, following the appointment of Jean-Pierre Clamadieu as ENGIE chairman earlier this year.

In its Dec. 11 news release, ENGIE said it is "willing to strengthen the industrial collaboration with the company, whilst maintaining both groups' independence and observing all applicable rules and regulations."

Suez has been struggling lately, with its shares sliding about 22% in 2018, following a profit warning in late January, partially due to the impact of political turmoil in the Catalonia region of Spain, Reuters reported.