CRITICISM OF BOOK. The former head of a division of Alstom tells how he spent two years in prison in the United States, while the negotiations between the French group and the American General Electric took place.

• "The American trap", by Frédéric Pierucci, with Matthieu Aron, JC Lattès editions, 400 pages, 22 €

" Suddenly I became a beast. I put on the orange uniform of the prisoners. Chains surround my torso. The first few sentences of this story are reminiscent of those creeps in which an ordinary person sees his life turned upside down by justice when he is convinced that he has nothing to reproach himself with. On April 14, 2013, Frédéric Pierucci became the leader of Alstom's boiler division and a federal prisoner when he landed in New York. Accused of corruption for the conquest of a contract in Indonesia.

The arrest of Frédéric Pierucci took place one year before the announcement of the acquisition of the energy branch of the French group by the American General Electric (GE). He will remain held nearly two years in the United States, including 14 months in a prison of very high security.

The bottom of Alstom's sale to General Electric

Gendarmes of the world, for their profit

More than a thriller, this story is a war book. A " underground economic war ", Led by the United States to weaken the competitors of American companies, explains the author who will learn in prison his dismissal by Alstom after pleading guilty.

According to the book, co-authored with Matthieu Aron, journalist at The Obs, American justice continues Frédéric Pierucci, like other Alstom executives, to put pressure on the group, until his boss at the time, Patrick Kron. And it was because of these lawsuits that surrounded him that Alstom would have sold his energy branch to GE. A version of the facts that Patrick Kron has always denied.

Both legal and political chronicle, this book is in fact an indictment against the way the United States proclaimed itself gendarmes of the world thanks to the extraterritoriality of their anti-corruption law. For the benefit of their own companies.

Michel Waintrop

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