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Once France was liberated, Schneider had to again deal with reconversion, but this time, the country needed to be rebuilt. The company’s new chief executive, Charles Schneider, gradually abandoned weapons manufacturing to focus on civilian needs.

In-depth restructuring was conducted in 1949 to prepare Schneider for the modern world. “Leading the national economy” Charles Schneider wanted the company to “expand, modernize and rationalize”. He applied this slogan to all the business segments, from construction and steel to electricity and nuclear power, as well as to Schneider’s strategy of acquisitions and exports. Charles’ policy met with great success, and in 1959, General de Gaulle declared that Schneider was “leading the national economy”.