Ford slams state loans

THE head of Ford in Europe yesterday struck out against the German government’s decision to offer a €1.5bn (£1.3bn) bridge loan to GM’s Opel division. John Fleming warned that the loan would give Ford’s US rival a competitive edge, adding that he was worried by the French states’ €6.8bn loan to PSA Peugeot Citro&1057;n and Renault.