RE: Shocking battery
I fear the Fluence is dead in the water. Renault will not import a car from Korea as it's just not their style. The French unions probably wouldn't allow it.
Renault have just mishandled the EV roll out completely and the lack of outright purchase was an important factor to many. Nissan seem to be selling the Leaf quite well (though still below forcasts), yet the Fluence bombed and looks a nicer car in many ways.
Hopefully the recovering economy may mean people are more likely to take a 'gamble' on an EV.