Renault Spy Scandal: Everybody In Full Reverse

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
renault spy scandal everybody in full reverse

The alleged Renault spy case is getting curiouser and curiouser. Renault is in full reverse. Renault CEO Patrick Pelata said information may have been leaked about the costs and economic model of the program, but all technical secrets are safe. “Not the smallest nugget of technical or strategic information on the innovation plan has filtered out of the enterprise.” So what, they are missing a spreadsheet?

“It’s serious, but not as bad as if it had been the technology,” Pelata said. “Whether it’s the chemistry of the electrodes, the structure of the batteries, the different elements of assembling, be it the charger or the engine itself, we feel ok.”

The electric program was on schedule: “We have not lost one day to launch our four electric cars, said Pelata.

Thibault de Montbrial, a lawyer for Matthieu Tenenbaum, deputy head of Renault’s electric-vehicle program and one of the three suspended employees, called the affair “surreal,” Reuters reports. “My client is now portrayed as an international spy when so far he still doesn’t have any material information explaining why Renault is accusing him.”

Industry Minister Eric Besson, who had called the case “economic warfare” played down the Chinese link. Besson says he cannot not confirm anything for now: “At this stage, I can’t say whether Chinese interests were involved. Only a full investigation could tell.”

Even the DCRI (internal intelligence service) involvement is not as clear-cut as it sounded a few days ago. “Renault will press charges and then the DCRI (internal intelligence service) will in all likelihood be asked to investigate,” Besson told Europe 1 radio. “At that point we will know a lot more on the backers, beneficiaries, etc.”

At least we learn now that France has a “School of Economic Warfare which trains students in corporate intelligence,” Reuters says.

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  • Probert Sorry to disappoint: any list. of articles with a 1 second google search. It's a tough world out there - but you can do it!!!!!!
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  • Kat Laneaux Agree with Michael500, we wasted all that money just to bail out GM and they are developing these cars in China and other countries. What the heck. I understand the cheap labor but that is just another foothold the government has on their citizens and they already treat them like crap. That is pretty disgusting to go forward to put other peoples health and mental stability on a crazy crazed, control freak, leader, who is in bed with Russia. Thought about getting a buick but that just shot that one out of the park. All of this for the greed. They get what they lay in bed with. Disgusting.
  • Michael500 Good thing Obama used $50 billion of taxpayer money to bail them out and give unions a big stake. GM is headed to BK again with their Hail Mary hope of EVs. Hopefully a Republican in office will let them go BK the next time, and it's coming. The US economy is not related/dependent on GM and their Chinese made Buicks.
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