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Lufthansa CEO to Brexit Crowd: Don't Leave Us Alone With France

  • CEO Spohr tells U.K. audience his industry has a global focus
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Deutsche Lufthansa AG Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohrsaid he’s rooting for Britain to stay in the European Union -- not least to maintain a political counterweight to the French.

While EU membership is not as crucial in aviation as it is for other companies, German businesses would “feel alone without you guys,” Spohr said Wednesday when asked about the implications of a so-called Brexit at the London Aviation Club. “We will only have the socialist people around us like the French.”