The Dutch State has acquired a 12.68% direct interest in airline Air France-KLM through the purchase of shares. In an announcement, the Dutch Finance Ministry stated that its objective is to “obtain a position which is similar to the position of the French state” to allow the Dutch government “to be able to exercise direct influence over future developments at the Air France-KLM holding company to ensure that Dutch public interests are optimally assured”. The Dutch finance minister, Wopke Hoekstra, informed the Dutch Lower House of Parliament and the Dutch Senate by letter about the share purchase on 26 February

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