Fiat Chrysler withdraws merger with Renault, blames France’s political conditions

A statement from Fiat Chrysler read that the company remains firmly convinced of the interests in the merger but added that France's current political conditions do not support such an arrangement.

By:Published: June 6, 2019 11:05:38 AM

 

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Fiat Chrysler, the Italian-American car manufacturer announced that it is going to withdraw its proposal for a merger with Renault. The reason cited for the same was that the company would be unable to reach an agreement with the French Government. The statement released by Fiat Chrysler said that the company remains firmly convinced of the interest of its offer but the current political conditions in France are not going to support such an agreement. French automaker Renault announced earlier that its board of directors had not made a decision following a crunch meeting held at the request of the French state, the biggest shareholder in Renault with a 15 per cent stake.

The government has warned against “any haste” regarding the proposed 50/50 merger. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he wanted a board meeting next Tuesday after a trip to Japan scheduled for the weekend, a source close to Renault said. At Wednesday evening’s board of directors vote at Renault’s headquarters near Paris, all the directors were for the merger, apart from a representative of employees affiliated with the powerful CGT union and two representatives of Nissan, a long-time Renault partner, who abstained, the source added. The two directors appointed by Nissan, however, asked: “to write in the minutes that they would say yes with a little more time”.

The statement from Fiat Chrysler further read that the company remains firmly convinced of the compelling, transformational rationale of a proposal that has been widely appreciated since it was submitted, the structure and terms of which were carefully balanced to deliver substantial benefits to all parties. The company further added that it is has become clear that the political conditions in France do not currently exist for such a combination to proceed successfully.

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