Articles by Ania Nussbaum and Marie Mawad

French Startup Navya to Roll Out $290,000 ‘Robotaxi’ in Paris Within Weeks

Navya Technologies SAS will roll its robot-driven automobiles onto the cobbled streets of Paris in the next few weeks to try and beat behemoths from General Motors Co. to Alphabet Inc. at proving autonomous cars are safe. The French startup’s …

Arkema Plant Fires Underscore Chemical Industry Risk Management Challenge

In its devastatingly slow crawl up the industrial Gulf Coast, Hurricane Harvey is proving to be the biggest test yet of the safety and vulnerabilities of the U.S. chemicals industry. A Houston-area chemical plant was hit by explosions overnight after …

Arkema Chemical Plant in Texas Explodes After Harvey Knocks Out Power

French chemical company Arkema SA said its plant in Crosby, Texas, was hit by explosions after a major flood caused by Hurricane Harvey knocked out power supplies that are needed to refrigerate volatile chemicals. Having already lost its electricity supply …

French Prosecutors Probe Peugeot Parent over Alleged Emissions Fraud

French prosecutors started a preliminary investigation of alleged fraud at PSA Group, the latest car manufacturer to be targeted over potential violations of emissions rules in the aftermath of Volkswagen AG’s diesel-cheating scandal. The stock fell the most in two …

Germanwings Probe Urges Change for Pilots’ Medical Privacy, License-Loss Cover

Pilots would lose privacy protection for health records and airlines would need insurance when the employees lose their license under a proposal from the French air-safety agency that investigated the deliberate crash of a Germanwings passenger jet into a mountainside. …