Francois Loos said the reduction would not exceed four percent of a total amount of gas supplies to France, since country's state-run company Gaz de France - one of the leading European gas groups - could clinch contracts with gas suppliers from Norway and Algiers. Besides, France has its own natural gas reserves, he added.
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