Reports say that three Renault executives have been suspended for leaking details of Renault’s electrical vehicle programme.
The French minister for industry, Eric Besson, has assured that the French government is taking the allegations very seriously, after telling local media that ‘industrial espionage and economic intelligence’ was a risk for French companies.
The Renault executives involved were suspended after an internal investigation. Michel Balthazard, the vice president of advanced engineering who has been a Renault employee for 30 years, is most senior member of the three.
All that Renault has said officially is that the people involved were in ‘particularly strategic’ positions and that ‘the behaviour of these three employees was opposed to Renault's code of ethics, and consciously and deliberately put at risk company assets.’