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Paris, June 17, 2008

Building on the positive results following their partnership launched in November 2007 in Western France, Gaz de France and LCL will be rolling out, starting on June 17, 2008, the sale of natural gas and electricity contracts to retail customers throughout all of France.

With almost 1,200 contracts sold in the space of 6 months in the départements of the trial region of the Loire Valley and Normandy, this unprecedented partnership has confirmed that it satisfies the expectations of a retail clientele looking for simplicity and efficiency. The trial has demonstrated the potential distribution of several tens of thousands of contracts every year, and confirms the validity of the offering developed by Gaz de France and LCL.

The Gaz de France - LCL partnership:
By deciding to combine their individual expertise, Gaz de France and LCL demonstrate their ability to develop innovative solutions in order to assist their customers at defining moments in their lives in relation to housing, especially when buying or moving into a new home.
With the liberalization of energy markets, Gaz de France wants to be even closer to its customers and has therefore chosen a partner with an extensive branch network and acknowledged marketing expertise. LCL, meanwhile, is teaming up with a key player in the European energy market and pursuing its strategy of expanding its range of products and services to meet new consumer demands. As a result, customers now have a single, locally based interface for obtaining financial advice and sourcing energy for their homes.
"DolceVita 2 énergies" offers, available at LCL branches, feature natural gas and electricity supplied at fixed prices for either one or two years and will help to promote electricity generated from renewable sources.
As part of the jointly designed sales process, an LCL advisor recommends the package best suited to the customer's needs, arranges the signing of the contract and sends it in real time to Gaz de France, the energy supplier.

About Gaz de France:
Gaz de France Group is a major energy player in Europe. As the leading natural gas distributor in Europe, Gaz de France employs close to 50,000 people and, in 2007, generated sales of €27 billion. The Group boasts a portfolio of around 14 million clients, some 11 million of whom are based in France. Listed on the Paris Bourse, Gaz de France is also part of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Stoxx 600 indexes.

About LCL:
Since joining the Crédit Agricole S.A. group in 2003, LCL has focused the business of its nationwide retail banking network on individual, professional and corporate customers in France. LCL now has a total of 22,200 employees and 2,064 branches at the service of 6,000,000 individual customers, 320,000 professional customers and 26,000 business customers.

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