Renault summons suspect Renault bosses: unions

10th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

French car maker Renault has summoned three top managers whom it suspended over alleged industrial espionage to see company bosses on Tuesday and may fire them, unions told AFP.

The company said it had suspended the three last week over suspicions they had leaked strategic information. Reports said the secrets concerned details of the electric cars on which Renault has staked its future.

Renault number two Patrick Pelata told Saturday's Le Monde daily that its inquiries showed it had been targeted by an international spy ring.

Various media reports and analysts said spies were after information on the high-stakes electric car programme, and that Chinese firms stood to benefit. The company and the French government have not confirmed those claims.

Union leaders who asked not to be named told AFP on Monday that the three were summoned to meetings with Renault bosses on Tuesday afternoon and would be accompanied by union representatives.

Those summoned included Matthieu Tenenbaum, the joint head of Renault's electric vehicles programme, whose lawyer spoke out in his defence in a statement last week.

© 2011 AFP

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