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With Complete Impunity

With Complete Impunity:The Scandalous Destruction of Alcatel Alsthom, by Pierre Suard
Translated from French by James E. Terrell

Table of Contents

Translator's note
Foreword by Gilles Dupuy d’Angeac
Preface to the English Edition by Stephan Guerin
Inscription
Prologue
Chapter I - The Fabrication of an Affair
Chapter II - The “Overbillings”
Chapter III - A Mythomaniac Witness
Chapter IV - A Tenacious Minority Shareholder
Chapter V - A New CEO
Chapter VI - The New Strategy: The Divestitures
Chapter VII - The New Strategy: Only Telecom
Chapter VIII - Assessing the Decade
Chapter IX - Reflections on this Judicial Disaster
Epilogue
Annexes
Cover of the book

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Translator's note

Translated from French by James E. Terrell
French words and phrases. Certain French words and phrases are not easily translatable into English because they have special meanings and no real Anglo-American equivalent—such as the names of the various French courts. As a result, the French words are used in this translation. Below is a list of those French words and phrases, along with a brief description of each:

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Foreword

It took only 20 years from the dazzling flight of Alcatel until its disappearance without glory into the fold of Lucent. The industrial world is brutal for those who fail to adapt to its changes, with its movements and capriciousness.

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Preface to the English Edition

by Stéphane Guérin

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Inscription

Character – it is first of all to ignore being offended or abandoned by one’s family.
Charles de Gaulle, “The Blade of the Sword”

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Prologue

Shame is not for me; it is for those who have judged me.
Socrates, at the conclusion of his trial

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Chapter I - The Fabrication of an Affair

Hoc volo, sic jubeo, sic pro ratione voluntas.
I want it, I order it, my desire takes over the place of reason.

Juvénal (Satires VI)

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Chapter II - The "Overbillings"

Scratch the judge and you will find the executioner.
Victor Hugo

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Chapter III - A Mythomaniac Witness

He who betrays loses, and others with him.
La Chanson de Roland

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Chapter IV - A Tenacious Minority Shareholder

Discernment is the principal function of a judge and the necessary quality of judgment.
Bossuet, Sermon on the Guardian Angel

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