January 8, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
FRANCE has ordered its intelligence services to investigate claims that Renault has fallen victim to industrial espionage on behalf of China.
The inquiry comes after the suspension without pay this week of three Renault executives suspected of leaking details of confidential programmes involving the development of electric vehicles.
The incident has been described by France as an act of economic warfare.
Bernard Carayon, an MP with a keen interest in questions of national security, confirmed media reports that China was believed to be behind the plot.