Renault workers protest in Paris
Plan to cut 6,000 jobs sparks anger
March 11, 1997
Web posted at: 10:44 p.m. EST (0344 GMT)
PARIS (CNN) -- Up to 10,000 workers from France, Belgium and
Spain marched on the headquarters of Renault in suburban
Paris Tuesday, protesting planned plant closings and job cuts
by the French automobile giant.
The company recently announced that it would close its main
plant in Belgium, putting 3,100 people out of work. Nearly
2,800 French jobs will also be cut this year.
The protest was seen as a sign of the unease many European
workers feel with the increased competition -- and lack of
government protection -- of a united European market.
Renault's losses for 1996 are expected to top more than $700
million, according to French media reports.
Police in riot gear were stationed around the Renault
headquarters, but no confrontations were reported. Workers
did briefly block traffic on the freeway the circles Paris.
Paris bureau chief Peter Humi contributed to this report.
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