Western Europe: Signs of a Shake-Up

WESTERN EUROPE

Charles de Gaulle's government is squirming over a new affront to French pride — and this time the transgressor is a Frenchman, Pierre Bercot, the imperious head of Citroën, France's second biggest automaker. Climaxing months of secret negotiations, Bercot revealed plans last week for a union of his ailing company with Fiat, the Italian automaker that ranks fourth in the world, behind only the U.S. Big Three. "It is not a question of Citroën's troubles," Bercot said, "but the problem of the entire European automobile industry." That problem, as the French...