French minister meets with union groups at Smart factory | AFP

Secretary of State for Economy and Finance Agnès Pannier-Runacher participates in a meeting with union groups at a Smart factory in Hambach that Daimler is looking to sell.

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French economy secretary visits a Smart factory that Daimler seeks to sell | AFP

French Secretary of State for Economy and Finance Agnès Pannier-Runacher arrives at a Smart factory in Hambach, France where she is meant to meet with union representatives. Citing financial hardship related to Covid-19, the German group Daimler, which owns Mercedes and Smart, announced in July their desire to sell the factory that employs some 1,600 people.

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Smart factory employees protest possible French factory closure | AFP

Around 300 employees at the Smart factory in Hambach in eastern France symbolically stop work while an extraordinary social and economic committee (CSE) is held. The German group Daimler announced last Friday its intention to sell the factory, where production of Mercedes models was due to begin in the autumn. IMAGES

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