Associated Press reports that Vivendi Universal chairman Jean-Marie Messier
has agreed to resign under pressure from board members.
Messier, whose departure has been anticipated since the company's stock
collapsed to 13-year lows recently, tried to convince board members to let him
stay before agreeing Sunday to step down, newspaper Le Monde said.
Contacted by AP, Vivendi spokesman Alain Delrieu
declined to comment on the report. "We are not commenting for the moment,"
Le Monde said the company's board was expected to meet Monday to appoint
Jean-Rene Fourtou, vice chairman of the supervisory board of pharmaceutical company Aventis, for a six-month interim chairmanship.
LCI Television said the meeting was expected to start early Monday evening in