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Gemplus and Axalto Schedule First Steps to Close the Gemalto Combination on June 2, 2006

    Amsterdam and Luxemburg (ots/PRNewswire) - Axalto Holding N.V. (Euronext: NL0000400653 - AXL) and Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM and NASDAQ: GEMP) announce today that, subject to completion of customary contractual conditions, the first steps to close the Gemalto combination are expected to occur on June 2, 2006 in Amsterdam. On that date, Gemplus is expected to make a distribution of EUR0.26 per Gemplus share from its available reserves (share premium) to all Gemplus shareholders of record at market close of Eurolist by Euronext on June 2, 2006, and the Texas Pacific Group and the Quandt family entities, Gemplus' largest shareholders representing approximately 43.6% of Gemplus' share capital, are expected to contribute their Gemplus shares to Axalto in exchange for new Gemalto shares. This contribution in kind will be followed by a voluntary exchange offer by Gemalto to all remaining Gemplus shareholders at the same exchange ratio, subject to regulatory approvals.

    Olivier Piou, Chief Executive Officer of Axalto, comments: "We are delighted to have scheduled the closing of the first step marking the creation of Gemalto."

    Alex Mandl, Chief Executive Officer of Gemplus, adds: "We look forward to accomplishing this next step toward realizing the bright future of Gemalto."

@@start.t1@@      Axalto:                                              Gemplus:
      Corporate Media Relations                 Senior Vice-President, Corporate
                                                                Communications
      Emmanuelle SABY                                 Rémi CALVET
      M.: +33(0)-6-09-10-76-10                  M.: +33(0)-06-22-72-81-58
      esaby@axalto.com                                remi.calvet@gemplus.com
      TBWA \ CORPORATE
      Emlyn KORENGOLD                                 Edelman Paris
      T.: +33(0)-1-49-09-66-51                  Frédéric BOULLARD
      M.:+33(0)-6-08-21-93-74                    T.: +33(0)-1-56-69-73-95
      emlyn.korengold@tbwa-corporate.com  frederic.boullard@edelman.com
      Investor Relations
      Stéphane BISSEUIL
      T.:+33(0)-1-55-01-50-97
      M.:+33(0)-6-86-08-64-13
      sbisseuil@axalto.com@@end@@

    Important Information

    This communication does not constitute an offer to purchase or exchange or the solicitation of an offer to sell or exchange any securities of Axalto Holding N.V. ("Axalto") or an offer to sell or exchange or the solicitation of an offer to buy or exchange any securities of Gemplus International S.A. ("Gemplus"), nor shall there be any sale or exchange of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, sale or exchange would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the laws of such jurisdiction. Accordingly, persons who come into possession of this document should inform themselves of and observe these restrictions.

    Any solicitation of offers to buy any Gemplus shares (including Gemplus shares represented by Gemplus American Depositary Shares) in the United States in the transaction described herein would only be made pursuant to a prospectus/offer to exchange and related offer materials that Axalto would expect to send to holders of Gemplus securities, in accordance with or pursuant to an exemption from the U.S. securities laws. Investors and security holders who are U.S. persons are strongly advised to read, when they become available, the prospectus/offer to exchange and related exchange offer materials, as well as any amendments and supplements to those documents because they will contain important information.

    Holders of Gemplus securities are requested to refer, if and when filed by Axalto, to the prospectus (note d'information) that would be available on the website of the AMF (www.amf-france.org).

ots Originaltext: Gemplus
Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.ch

Contact:
Axalto: Corporate Media Relations, Emmanuelle SABY, M.:
+33(0)-6-09-10-76-10, esaby@axalto.com, TBWA \ CORPORATE, Emlyn
KORENGOLD, T.: +33(0)-1-49-09-66-51, M.:+33(0)-6-08-21-93-74,
emlyn.korengold@tbwa-corporate.com, Investor Relations, Stéphane
BISSEUIL, T.:+33(0)-1-55-01-50-97, M.:+33(0)-6-86-08-64-13,
sbisseuil@axalto.com, Gemplus: Senior Vice-President, Corporate
Communications, Rémi CALVET, M.: +33(0)-06-22-72-81-58,
remi.calvet@gemplus.com, Edelman Paris, Frédéric BOULLARD, T.:
+33(0)-1-56-69-73-95, frederic.boullard@edelman.com



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