Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
FLORENCE

Fiat CEO takes out newspaper ad to deny offending Florence

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Florence, November 1 - Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne
took out a full-page ad in Florence newspaper La Nazione on
Thursday to deny making offensive comments about the Tuscan city
and its 37-year-old mayor, Matteo Renzi.
Addressing ''all citizens of Florence'' in an open letter,
Marchionne said he had ''never made any judgement about Florence
or its economic conditions'', in reference to comments allegedly
made during a closed-door meeting with students in Brussels
this month describing the Tuscan city as ''small and poor''.
He also denied describing Renzi, a member of the Democratic
Party (PD) who has called for Italy's political class to be
rejuvenated and is running in primaries to be the centre-left's
candidate for premier in next year's elections, as ''a bad copy
of Obama''.
''Someone else present, trying to explain the topic of
discussion to the foreigners, used the expression 'pretty, old
town', not me. I never described the mayor of Florence as a bad
copy of anyone,'' wrote Marchionne, adding that he hoped the
matter could now be considered closed.
In an interview with 'Corriere della Sera' published
Thursday, Marchionne also reiterated that Fiat is commitment to
investing in Italy ''in order to compete with the Germans''.
''Then there will be the complete merger of Fiat with
Chrysler,'' he said.
The Fiat chief also said he intended to fully relaunch the
five Fiat production plants in Italy and to get 23,000 workers
who have been temporarily laid off back to work.

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