EU antitrust regulators have set a July 23 deadline for their ruling on French aerospace and defence group Thales's
Thales, Europe's largest defence electronics group, sought EU approval on June 18, according to a filing on the EU competition enforcer's site.
The Commission can nod through the deal with or without concessions or open a four-month investigation if it has serious concerns.
Thales, which beat off a competing bid from French rival Atos
The French state is the largest shareholder in Thales while state-owned bank Bpifrance [OSEO.UL] is Gemalto's second-biggest shareholder.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee, editing by Louise Heavens)