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The American Trap

The American Trap

In 2014, France lost part of the control of its nuclear power plants to the United States. Frédéric Pierucci, former senior executive of one of Alstom’s power company subsidiaries, found himself at the heart of this state scandal. His story goes to the very core of how he plotted the key features of the secret economic war that the United States is waging in Europe. And after being silenced for a long time, he has decided, with the help of journalist Matthieu Aron, to reveal all.

In April 2013, Frédéric Pierucci was arrested in New York by the FBI and accused of bribery. The US authorities imprisoned him for more than two years – including fourteen months in a notorious maximum-security prison. In doing so, they forced Alstom to pay the biggest financial penalty ever imposed by the United States. In the end, Alstom also gave up areas of control to General Electric, its biggest American competitor.

Frédéric’s story unpacks how the United States is using corporate law as an economic weapon against its own allies. One after the other, some of the world’s largest companies are being actively destabilised to the benefit of the US, in acts of economic sabotage that seem to be the beginning of what’s to come…
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Genre: Society & Social Sciences / Social Services & Welfare, Criminology / Crime & Criminology / Corporate Crime

On Sale: 14th November 2019

Price: £25

ISBN-13: 9781529326864

Reviews

A cautionary tale for globe-trotting executives at multinational companies
Bloomberg
A legal thriller
Le Figaro
An extraordinary French industrial saga...a testimony that sends shivers down your spine
Le Journal du Dimanche
This is more a tale of war than a thriller. A 'covert economic war' waged by the United States to weaken U.S. companies' competition
La Croix
A wake-up call for all managers working for international companies... A warning sign for all those multinational companies that risk getting on the radar of the American justice system
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung