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Thousands protest in France against Renault layoffs

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Thousands protest in France against Renault layoffs

Thousands of people protested this Saturday morning (30) in front of the Renault plant in Maubeuge, France, against the layoffs announced on Friday (29). According to the manufacturer, 15,000 jobs will be cut, with 4,600 in French territory.

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With approximately 2,100 employees and 1,000 service providers, the unit should have its production transferred to the city of Douai, about 75 km away. Currently, Maubeuge produces the electrical configuration of the Kangoo utility.

Among the banners raised by the protesters were words like "Kangoo must be in MCA (acronym for the city factory)" and "don't touch our MCA factory", in addition to words against French President Emmanuel Macron and the President Renault, Jean-Dominique Senard.

According to the RFI agency, the Renault president will meet next Tuesday (2) with the French ministry of economy and union representatives.

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Protester holds flag during act this Saturday (30) against the decision of the automaker Renault to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide – Photo: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP

Protester holds flag during act this Saturday (30) against the decision of the automaker Renault to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide – Photo: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP

Renault announced on Friday a cost-cutting plan involving, among other measures, the dismissal of 15,000 employees worldwide, representing 8% of the total number (150,000). The goal is to save more than 2 billion euros ($ 2.2 billion) over the next 3 years.

According to the brand, the dismissals will not happen directly, but through retirements that will not be replaced, professional recycling, internal mobility and voluntary dismissals.

“In a context full of uncertainties and complexity, this plan is vital to guarantee a solid and sustainable performance, with the satisfaction of our customers as a priority”, said Renault's interim executive president, Clotilde Delbos.

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Poster with the words "Senard resignation, Macron keep your word", during a protest this Saturday (30) against the dismissal of Renault employees in France – Photo: FRANCOIS / AFP

Poster with the words "Senard resignation, Macron keep your word", during a protest this Saturday (30) against the dismissal of Renault employees in France – Photo: FRANCOIS / AFP

The coronavirus crisis was another blow to the car market, which was already in crisis. In April, sales fell 76.3% as a result of the closing of dealerships in many countries.

In this context, Renault and its allies, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors, decided on Wednesday a change of strategy to privilege profitability, instead of the race to produce more and more that had been applied by the former president of the group, Carlos Ghosn .

The goal now is to jointly produce almost half of the models of the three companies by 2025.

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