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1 | France Every Country for Itself? Detroit's automakers aren't the only ones getting a helping hand. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed loans of $3.9 billion each to Peugeot Citro├źn and Renault in exchange for promises that the companies won't enact layoffs in France. The proposal drew charges of protectionism from other E.U. members, who say the plan could force the carmakers to cut workers in other countries. Other recent E.U. auto-assistance deals:

BRITAIN Carmakers will have access to $3.2 billion in loans, some of which is intended to encourage more fuel-efficient vehicles

ITALY The government will offer payments of...

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