Georges Plassat is said to be on his way out as chief executive of Vivarte, the French group that runs André, Minelli and other chains of shoe and clothing stores, to replace Lars Oloffson, the chief executive of Carrefour, which has not been doing well lately. Vivarte has no comment on these reports. Before 2000, when he joined Vivarte, previously called André Group, Plassat, who is now 61 years old, ran another French supermarket chain, Casino, and then Carrefour's Spanish subsidiary. According to the reports in the French press, Antoine Metzger, secretary-general of Vivarte in charge of finance, would probably take over Plassat's place. Plassat still has a 10 percent stake in Vivarte, and the group is controlled by an equity fund, Charterhouse, which has been reportedly seeking to cash out of this investment for some time. The group has an annual turnover of more than €3 billion.