As such, it wants BT Openreach spun off into what would be an independently listed company, one that would make a rather compelling investment case, particularly to overseas bidders given that entry into the FTSE 100 is comparable to putting up a “For Sale” sign.
The short-term horizons of investors in the UK stock market mean Openreach might not remain long on the public markets.
Investigators were also said to be looking into a consultancy firm called 2F Conseil that Fillon set up in 2012 after he left office as PM, which has purportedly paid him hundreds of thousands of Euros. No amount of sponge work by his seconds seems to be helping.
A joyous Chris Froome (Team Sky) was in a state of shock at reclaiming the yellow jersey after stage 14 of the Tour de France.