Their stores account for 10% of French households' spending every year and their group owns popular retail and commercial names in France such as Auchan supermarkets, Leroy Merlin DIY stores, Flunch restaurants, Norauto car accessory outlets, Décathlon sports shops and Kiabi clothing stores. The group also runs hugely lucrative operations in Russia, China and other countries. But the people who own it, the Mulliez family, are virtually unknown in France, and shun all press coverage and publicity. Now, against the wishes of the head of the secretive Mulliez dynasty, a book has been published charting how 650 descendants of the group’s founders today preside over a rich and powerful global retail empire. Dan Israel reports.
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Trade minister Nicole Bricq was caught by on TV deriding the quality of food served at President Xi Jinping's state dinner.
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Arnaud Montebourg insists nuclear power will remain a key element of French energy mix, despite plans to reduce dependency on it.
French anti-money laundering investigators raise alarm over recent Chinese, Russian and Ukranian acquisitions of loss-making vineyards.
The embarrassing slip of the tongue, which the president did not correct, came when he was speaking in French at a news conference in Tokyo.
Paris worried by Beijing threat of retaliatory levies on wine imported from Europe after Brussels raised tariffs on Chinese solar panels.
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