From the streets of Paris came great business leaders like Louis Renault.
Renault came from well to do roots and mixed his opportunity with his skill. By the age of 21 he built his first automobile and then convinced his brothers to join him producing cars. And so the company of Renault was born.
The French industrialist developed France's largest car producer. Like many individuals in Europe, World War II changed lives. Renault continued to build his car for the Germans. He said, "If you don't give them butter they'll take the cows."
After the war he was accused of collaborating with Nazis. His efforts to survive were contorted to treason.
There is ample evidence to support his French patriotism. He had intentionally hid supplies to slow production and created flaws to cause the engines to seize.
Unfortunately he never had the opportunity to clear his name before his death. The family continues to do so on his behalf.
France still leads in the world as the ninth largest economy with an annual GDP of $2.8 trillion.