ROME Dec 15 Italy's opposition 5-Star Movement
(M5S) on Thursday warned the government against any intervention
to protect Italian broadcaster Mediaset, in which French
billionaire Vincent Bollore is aggressively raising his stake.
Bollore's media group Vivendi said on Wednesday it
has raised its stake in former premier Silvio Berlusconi's media
firm to 20 percent, prompting a warning from Rome.
"It is totally inappropriate for the government to intervene
to protect Mediaset," 5-Star, which is the largest opposition
party, said in a statement.
"Mediaset is a totally private company and it is certainly
no more strategic than Unicredit (bank) and other companies that
have ended up in French hands."
(Reporting by Isla Binnie)