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Shares in Essilor, the world leader in corrective lenses, surged by 13.8 percent on the Paris stock exchange and Luxottica shares were up 8.2 percent in Milan on the news as of 1100 GMT.The combined group will have a market capitalisation of around 46.2 billion euros ($49 billion), based on both companies’ closing share prices on Friday.Under the terms of the transaction, the family of Leonard Del Vecchio, Luxottica founder and chief executive, will hand over his stake to Essilor, which will then launch a public bid to buy the remaining shares.Del Vecchio, 81, controls a 62 percent stake via holding company Delfin.”Finally, two products which are naturally complementary, namely frames and lenses, will be designed, manufactured and distributed under the same roof,” Del Vecchio said.”With this agreement my dream to create a major global player in the eyewear industry, fully integrated and excellent in all its parts, comes finally true.”The combined group, to be known as EssilorLuxottica, will have annual sales of more than 15 billion euros and employ a workforce of 140,000 worldwide.The merger is expected to create synergies that will save between 400 million and 600 million euros a year in the medium term.Bryan, Garnier Co analysts called the merger “a perfect fit. As both groups are leading their respective categories” of lenses and frames.But they said the new group “might face anti trust barriers since it would become a ‘hegemonic supplier’ for many independent opticians.” ‘The same vision’ Del Vecchio will become chief executive of the new group and Essilor head Hubert Sagnieres, 61, will be his deputy, with “equal powers”, a joint statement said.”We share the same values, the same vision, the same interest in the products,” Sagnieres said.Del Vecchio returned to the helm in January 2016 after two years of management turmoil sparked by a falling out with his right hand man Andrea Guerra, who quit in 2014.”Leonardo Del Vecchio’s inability to find a successor probably weighed heavily on this idea of coming together” with Essilor, said a strategist at the French brokerage firm Aurel BGC.”The idea. Has been around a long time, and though not on everyone’s mind recently, and is now bearing fruit,” he added.The two groups made a failed attempt to merge in 2013.Founded in 1961, Luxottica owns the Ray Ban, Oakley and Sunglass Hut brands and licences for designer frames such as Giorgio Armani, Chanel and Ralph Lauren.The Italian group, which employs some 80,000 people, generates annual sales of around nine billion euros, while Essilor booked sales of just over 6.7 billion euros in 2015.