A Suitable Suitor? Carrefour Admirers Must Court The Elysee Palace
So what now for Carrefour, forbidden from wedding its wealthy Canadian admirer, just as it needs to renovate? Will fate find a more suitable suitor, perhaps closer to home?
The retailer's proposed marriage to Alimentation Couche-Tard of distant Quebec was always likely to raise the hackles of France, fiercely protective of a favoured private-sector child.
Indeed when Carrefour boss Alexandre Bompard first met Couche-Tard chairman Alain Bouchard face to face, on 8 January in Paris, he made it clear a deal would never fly without sweeteners for the French government, according to two people with knowledge of the meeting.
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