The Scrap Over Suez May Shake France Inc.

Some of France's most powerful executives are mad as hell at Gerard Worms. They would like to grab control of the struggling financial-industrial conglomerate he runs--Compagnie de Suez--or at least eject him as its boss. Yet, seated in his 19th century Paris office, Worms merely shrugs. "When a sick company is three-quarters cured," he says, "it arouses appetites."

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