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Vivendi Universal merger deal only days away

It looks as if Vivendi chairman Jean-Marie Messier will be saying 'Bonjour Hollywood' within just a matter of days after both he and his prospective second-in-command Edgar Bronfman Jr separately confirmed that their hot-and-heavy negotiations to take over Seagram are all but wrapped up. The resulting Paris-based media and communications giant, Vivendi Universal, will focus on music, Europe and the internet and enjoy a stock market capitalisation of around $100bn.

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