AIRCRAFT: Moving In on Dassault

Aircraft Manufacturer Marcel Dassault, 85, reputedly the richest man in France, always has been philosophical about the fate of the company he founded. "Nationalization," said Dassault last year, "would not after all be a bad thing. Severe unemployment lies ahead, and with a nationalized company, you can be sure that the state will somehow find a way to maintain the labor force." Dassault was talking about takeover by a left-wing government, should the Socialist-Communist opposition win the parliamentary election scheduled for next spring. Last week, however, a step toward nationalization came early, from a different direction. The government of President...

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