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Fiat CEO calls Florence mayor 'bad copy of Obama'

Marchionne derides potential candidate for Italian premiership

10 October, 20:31
Fiat CEO calls Florence mayor 'bad copy of Obama' (ANSA) - Brussels, October 10 - Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne on Wednesday called Matteo Renzi, the mayor of Florence and an Italian premier-hopeful, "a bad copy of Obama" and the head of a "small and poor city" after the mayor criticized him for his management of the automaker.

Marchionne was speaking at a closed-door meeting with students in Brussels. After the meeting he said his comments were not intended for the press. Renzi, who is campaigning to represent the center-left Democratic Party in spring elections, had criticized the Marchionne for closing plants in Italy, where the auto market has drastically shrunk amid the recession.

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