The Finance Ministry said it sold 4.6 per cent of Elf, or 12.58 million shares, to institutional investors via Banque Paribas and SBC Warburg.
It also sold 4.5 per cent, or 12.32 million shares, of France's largest oil company to Fingestval, a unit of Elf.
The proceeds of the sale would go to a fund used to inject cash into ailing state-owned companies, the ministry said.
"With Elf's sale we'll more than meet our asset sale objective," said a government spokesman. After Elf's sale, the state will have raised Fr27bn from asset sales this year.Reuse content