UPDATE 1-Galeries Lafayette owner eyes two Carrefour board seats-source

miércoles 29 de abril de 2015 09:11 GYT

* Moulin family is Carrefour's largest shareholder

* Diniz spokesman says no plans to ask for board seat at June AGM

* Carrefour declines comment (Adds details, Diniz spokesman)

By Dominique Vidalon

PARIS, April 29 (Reuters) - France's Moulin family, which this year became Carrefour's top shareholder, will request two board seats at the French retailer's next annual shareholder meeting on June 11, a source close to the matter said on Wednesday.

The move reflects a re-balancing of influence at Carrefour towards retail specialists like the Moulins and Brazilian tycoon Abilio Diniz, who this month said he had doubled his stake to become Carrefour's fourth-largest shareholder, say analysts.

The Moulin family, which owns French department store Galeries Lafayette, sees its investment in Carrefour as a diversification in a retail sector it knows very well.

"Patricia Lemoine, the daughter of Ginette Moulin, and Philippe Houze will be proposed," the source told Reuters.

Moulin is the grand-daughter of Galeries Lafayette founder Theophile Bader. Houze, chairman of Galeries Lafayette, is her son-in-law and has observer status on Carrefour's board.   Continuación...