Two potential buyers have emerged for STX France
, a shipyard subsidiary of the struggling South Korean group STX Corp, according to a French finance ministry source.
The French state holds a 33 percent minority stake in STX France, which runs a naval shipyards in Saint Nazaire on the west coast
. Lossmaking STX Corp is in administration.
A French finance ministry source said a South Korean court was poised to clear a decision to liquidiate STX Corp's assets
on Friday this week, a move that could clear the way for the sale of its assets.
France, which has a potential veto right over any sale based on its holding and on the strategic significance of the military shipyard, is already negotiating with a buyout consortium, the source said.
"There is also another candidate, which would be good news for the shipyard," the source said. "Talks are going on in a proactive way and in anticipation of the sale process."
(Reporting by Guillaume Frouin and Yann Le Guernigou, Writing by Andrew Callus; Editing by Geert De Clercq)