Table: The More Messier Talks, the Worse It Gets

TRANSATLANTIC TEMPEST

In December, outraged the French by saying their country's cherished cultural-protection policy was "dead."

FUNNY MONEY

In March, analysts jeered his assertion that an $13 billion asset write-down had "no impact on value." Share price kept sliding.

DIRTY LINEN

In April, he fired chief Pierre Lescure in a blow-up ignited when Messier criticized Canal+ managers in a newspaper interview.

Data: BusinessWeek

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