* French govt wants information on jobs, deal rationale (Adds government reaction, unions)
HELSINKI/PARIS, April 14 (Reuters) - Nokia Oyj is in talks to buy smaller telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent , a deal that would combine the industry's two weakest players but could pose challenges in cutting costs and overcoming political opposition.
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