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By Belinda Goldsmith and William James LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Scots on Friday to heed warnings from the head of the Bank of England and business leaders about the uncertain consequences of voting for independence in a referendum in six months' time. Cameron told the Scottish Conservative Party conference in Edinburgh that the government faced a "monumental battle" to keep Scotland as part of Britain at the September 18 referendum. Dismissing accusations from Scottish nationalists of trying to bully Scots into voting against independence, he said the vote was a major life choice, and no decision should be taken without full awareness of the consequences.
French conglomerate Vivendi said Friday it was entering exclusive talks with Numericable to sell the cable operator its telecoms unit SFR, shrugging aside government attempts to scupper a deal between the two. The announcement came just hours after Industrial renewal Minister Arnaud Montebourg took Numericable to task over its multi-billion-euro offer for SFR, challenging the company and its billionaire chairman over their holdings in tax havens and their ability to pay for the deal. Numericable through its parent company Altice had offered 10.9 billion euros ($15.2 billion) and a 32 percent stake in the new merged company for Vivendi's SFR, currently France's second-largest mobile network.