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Patrick Molle, who stepped down from the top job at EMLyon in April 2012, has now resigned as director general of France Business School, the network of business schools that he left EMLyon to create. France Business School resulted from an alliance between four of France’s grandes écoles – Sup de Co Amiens-Picardie, ESC Bretagne Brest, ESC Clermont and Escem.
Prof Molle’s resignation follows financial difficulties at the multi-campus school, the full details of which are being kept under wraps until October. Meanwhile the directors of France Business School say they are now working on a new legal framework for the school and reorganisation of the various campuses.
Prof Molle is the latest in a series of French business school deans to resign this year. In June Edouard Husson stepped down as dean of ESCP Europe after less than two years in the job. The move followed more than a week of political intrigue involving the Paris chamber of commerce and industry (CCI), which determines the organisation of the school. Prof Husson has been replaced by Frank Bournois, formerly a management professor at Panthéon-Assas University in Paris.
In January Bernard Belletante resigned as director-general of French business school Kedge after just six months in the job to head up rival EMLyon. Prof Belletante replaced Philippe Courtier, a meteorologist and previously director of a Paris engineering school, who lasted just a year in the top job following the resignation of Prof Molle in 2012.