Bridgestone job cuts: French ministers meet to prevent site closure | AFP

Less than a week after the shock announcement of the closure of the Bridgestone plant in Béthune in northern France, French ministers Agnès Pannier-Runacher (Industry) and Elisabeth Borne (Labor) meet to put pressure on management to try to prevent the closure of the site, which employs 863 people.

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France’s Le Pen demands Bridgestone repays French state aid amid closure row | AFP

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right party National Rally, calls for Bridgestone to repay the state aid it received from France over the past five years, after the Japanese tyre manufacturer’s announcement it is to close its plant in Bethune, northern France. It would lead to the loss of 863 jobs and cause economic havoc in the local community. Le Pen criticises the government’s “free trade” policy, which she believes leads to “the unfair competition represented by massive imports of low-cost production”. SOUNDBITES

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