By Lionel Laurent and Matthias Blamont
PARIS (Reuters) - BPCE, the parent group of French investment bank Natixis
The plan, announced to journalists on Wednesday after Reuters reported it on November 8, also includes a target of 900 million euros in cost cuts over the next four years and 795 million euros in extra revenue from cross-selling.
Retail-focused BPCE is the first of France's big banks to give a strategic plan in the wake of the eurozone crisis and tougher curbs on risk-taking under the Basel III regime.
The bank is looking to further integrate Natixis into its network of 8,000 branches across France - particularly via insurance products - while at the same time cutting hundreds of jobs across several investment-banking lines to save costs.
Although the bank is not expected to release figures on Natixis until after trading hours on Wednesday, BPCE's statement said that Natixis by 2017 would have a return-on-equity (ROE) of 12 percent at its core businesses and derive more than half of its core revenue from markets outside France.
Larger rival Societe Generale
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(Reporting by Lionel Laurent, Editing by dominique Vidalon)