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PSA interested in Paris car-sharing scheme - paper

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(Reuters) - is interested in offering a "free floating" scheme in Paris, where drivers could pick up a vehicle and leave it elsewhere in the city, and is in contact with city authorities about it, the carmaker told a French newspaper.

The comments come as is due to meet on Monday with representatives from carmakers PSA, Renault, and as well as involved in to discuss potential alternatives to Autolib, the scheme run by the Bollore group.

A row has erupted between the city of and the Bollore group, which is asking the city and local authorities to contribute 46 million euros ($54 million) a year to help pay off debt the scheme has run up.

"Paris is the kind of city that interests us ... Free floating can be viable in Paris as there is a strong density of potential clients. We are in contact with the municipality. We could start rapidly," Brigitte Courtehoux, head of PSA's new mobility unit, told

already operates free floating in and

"Free-floating is a flexible scheme. As there are no (specific) car stations, the perimeter can be easily extended depending on demand, even if in the end it must be profitable," Courtehoux added.

The contract for the Paris Autolib car-sharing scheme, which was launched in 2011, expires in 2023.

In 2015, and the Bollore group signed a strategic cooperation agreement on developing using electric vehicles.

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(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Mark Potter)

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 18:00 IST