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French-Lebanese tycoon Rodolphe Saade has acquired Altice Media on Friday, which includes several television channels in France, including BFM.

 Rodolphe Saade (L) and Patrick Drahi © BRC

French-Lebanese tycoon Rodolphe Saade has acquired Altice Media on Friday, which includes several television channels in France, including BFM.

Altice Media is owned by the Franco-Israeli businessman Patrick Drahi, whose group is heavily indebted and embroiled in a corruption scandal.

Saade is the owner of the shipping company CMA CGM, one of the largest in the world.

Mr. Drahi launched a channel in Israel, 'i24News', ten years ago.

It is not part of the deal as it is housed in the American subsidiary Altice USA.

This channel broadcasts programs in French, English, and Arabic from Tel Aviv and is currently undergoing restructuring.

By Andrew Kambas 

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