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Shot Down in mid-Flight

Alcatel Alsthom: Shot Down in mid-Flight (2002)
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Table of Contents

Inscription
Prologue
Chapter I - The Apprenticeship
Chapter II - Roxane
Chapter III - The Privatization of CGE
Chapter IV - The Birth of Alcatel NV
Chapter V - Towards Alcatel Alsthom
Chapter VI - Alcatel Alsthom
Chapter VII - International Expansion
Chapter VIII - Reaching the Summit
Chapter IX - The Tarpeian Rock
Chapter X - Politics and Accusations - The "Affairs"
Epillogue
Appendices
Cover of the book

Inscription

I wish to express my wholehearted appreciation

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Prologue

“There is an appointed time for everything and a time for every affair under the heavens…
A time to rend, and a time to sew, a time to be silent, and a time to speak....”

Ecclesiastes 3

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Chapter I - The Apprenticeship

Ton affaire, c’est de jouer correctement le personnage qui t’a été confié; quant à le choisir, c’est l’affaire d’un autre.
(It’s your business to properly play out the character that you were assigned; as for choosing it, that’s the business of another.)
Epictetus

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Chapter II - Roxane

Aliquando et insanire jucundum est.
(It is sometimes good to be a little crazy.)
Seneca, De Tranquillitate Animi ad Serenum

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Chapter III - The privatization of CGE

Que chacun fasse donc le métier qu’il sait faire!
(That every man perform the job that he knows how to do!)
Aristophanes, The Wasps

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Chapter IV - The Birth of Alcatel NV

Et quel temps fut jamais si fertile en miracles.
(And what time was ever so fertile with miracles.)
Racine, Athalie

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Chapter V - Towards Alcatel Alsthom

Il faut être plus grands, malgré nous.
(We must be greater, despite ourselves.)
Napoléon

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Chapter VI - Alcatel Alsthom

Pousser en commun, mais non penser en commun.
(Push forward communally but don’t think communally.)
Marcus Aurelius, Thoughts

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Chapter VII - International Expansion

Cras ingens iterabimus aequo.
(Tomorrow we take our course once more over the mighty seas.)
Horace, Odes

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