WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 6-K

                        REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

                     Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 under
                       the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

          For the month of December 2002 Commission File Number 1-8481

                                    BCE Inc.
                 (Translation of Registrant's name into English)

                 1000, rue de La Gauchetiere Ouest, Bureau 3700,
                    Montreal, Quebec H3B 4Y7, (514) 397-7000
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant files or will file annual reports
under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.

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in connection with Rule 12g3-2(b): 82-           .

Notwithstanding any reference to BCE's Web site on the World Wide Web in the
documents attached hereto, the information contained in BCE's site or any other
site on the World Wide Web referred to in BCE's site is not a part of this Form
6-K and, therefore, is not filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

News Release

For immediate release

                       BCE confirms discussions with CGI

Montreal, Quebec, December 18, 2002-- BCE Inc. (BCE) (TSX:BCE; NYSE: BCE) today
confirmed that it has commenced discussions with CGI Group Inc. (CGI)
(TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB) on the future of BCE's investment in CGI.

BCE has informed CGI that its prior publicly stated intentions, to dispose of
the control block in CGI following the exercise of the put and call rights in
2003 and 2004, is no longer BCE's preferred course of action. While no final
decisions have been made, BCE and CGI have commenced discussions to develop a
plan with the following objectives:

(i)           to realize the maximum value of BCE's investment in CGI; and
(ii)          to enhance the value of CGI by ensuring the continuity of CGI's
              management and CGI's ability to deliver high quality services to
              its customers.

BCE also informed CGI that if BCE were to divest a portion of its investment in
CGI, this would be done in an orderly manner.

BCE confirmed that the existing commercial alliance between BCE and CGI will be
maintained, including the various outsourcing and consulting services agreements
provided by CGI to the BCE companies.

In order to allow appropriate time for these discussions, CGI's Majority
Shareholders have agreed with BCE to defer until April 15, 2003 the exercise
date of the put rights held by CGI's majority shareholders contained in the
Options Agreement entered into between the Majority Shareholders, BCE, Bell
Canada and CGI in 1998. Except for this deferral, the Options Agreement remains

About BCE
BCE is Canada's largest communications company. It has 25 million customer
connections through the wireline, wireless, data/Internet and satellite services
it provides, largely under the Bell brand. BCE leverages those connections with
extensive content creation capabilities through Bell Globemedia which features
some of the strongest brands in the industry -- CTV, Canada's leading private
broadcaster, The Globe and Mail, the leading Canadian daily national newspaper
and, a leading Canadian Internet portal. As well, BCE has extensive
e-commerce capabilities provided under the BCE Emergis brand. BCE shares are
listed in Canada, the United States and Europe.


Certain statements made in this press release, including, but not limited to,
BCE's intentions concerning its investment in CGI Group Inc, are forward-looking
and are subject to important risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The results
or events predicted in these forward-looking statements may differ materially
from actual results or events. Factors that could cause actual results or events
to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things: the
ability of BCE and CGI to develop and implement a plan to achieve the objectives
set out in this press release upon terms and conditions that are satisfactory to
both parties; the fact that there can be no assurance as to the outcome of the
discussions between BCE and CGI; the state of capital markets; general economic
conditions; business conditions and market competition in the information
technology industry; and closing conditions (including regulatory approvals)
that would be applicable to any proposed dispositions by BCE. The
forward-looking statements contained in this press release represent BCE's
expectations as of December 18, 2002 and, accordingly, are subject to change
after such date. However, BCE disclaims any intention or obligation to update or
revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise.

For further information:

Nick Kaminaris                                                Isabelle Morin
Communications                                                Investor Relations
(514) 786-3908 (514) 786-3845 Web site:


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                     BCE Inc.

                             (Signed Michael T. Boychuk)
                             Michael T. Boychuk
                             Senior Vice-President and Corporate Treasurer

                             Date: December 19, 2002