Air France KLM's negotiations with Alitalia received a slight boost this week when Renato Brunetta, an official with the Forza Italia party that has been an opponent of the sale, told reporters that while FI believes the government succeeding that of outgoing Prime Minister Romano Prodi should conclude the deal, if one is struck between AF KLM and AZ in the meantime FI "would respect it." FI reportedly is leading opinion polls ahead of the April elections (ATWOnline, Feb. 7).

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