Keyword: industrial espionage
Renault was forced into an embarrassing U-turn this week over its sacking in January of three senior managers who it accused of selling industrial secrets to a third party. The company's CEO and chairman Carlos Ghosn has now confirmed that the accusations against the men were false, and has promised to restore "their honour in the public eye". Too little too late, say the ousted directors. But was the carmaker, which paid cash for information about the alleged treachery, the victim of a straightforward fraud attempt? Michel Deléan reports on the unfolding events.