Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
FLORENCE

Fiat CEO tries to bury the hatchet with Florence, mayor

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Florence, June 13 - Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne
tried to bury the hatchet with Florentines Thursday over
offensive comments attributed to him about the Tuscan city and
its mayor.
Marchionne was lampooned in October for comments made
during a closed-door meeting with students in Brussels in which
he allegedly described the Tuscan capital as "small and poor".
Speaking in Florence Thursday at the annual meeting of the
powerful employers' confederation Confindustria, Marchionne
denied making the comments and blamed them on a "bad
translation" by a "so-called journalist" of statements he made
in English.
He was also cited on the same occasion as calling Florence
Mayor Matteo Renzi, a rising star in the center-left Democratic
Party (PD), a "bad copy of Obama," which Marchionne has flatly
denied.
"Today I will be careful not to use one word of English,"
joked the Canadian-Italian.
"(The journalist) pulled a fast one," he added, then
stressed his admiration for "a city that in terms of art,
culture and science has no equals in the world".

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