Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville and Sierra Leone taken over by the French Operator, APO news agency said.
Nairobitech broke the news of a possible exit by Airtel and subsequent expression of interest by Orange.
Orange is said to be interested in the Francophone units of Airtel and the fact that DRC is missing from this list is significant.
The Indian telco Airtel has struggled to replicate its low cost model in Africa with Kenya being particularly difficult.
Often it has been felt the company brass should let local talent run with their more enterprising ideas for this market if it is to make headway against dominant Safaricom.