Serge Dassault: a symbol of French-style capitalism


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One of the symbols of French capitalism, Serge Dassault died following a heart attack on Monday May 28th, 2018. He was 93. Dassault had a variety of different roles and positions in life; he was chief executive officer of the Dassault Group aeronautical empire founded by his father Marcel, owner of the right-wing Le Figaro newspaper, and had been mayor of Corbeil-Essonnes south of Paris and a Senator for the conservative Les Républicains party, as well as being a friend of politicians on both the Right and Left. In this, he represented a very French way of doing business, mixing business and politics at the highest levels of state.