Peugeot-Citroën (PSA) and Renault were both the targets of autoworker strikes on Thursday, the result of ongoing tensions between labor and management in the wake of planned facility closings in 2014.

3,000 French jobs stand to be lost in less than two years when the PSA's Aulnay plant executes a planned closure of a production line. The line in question currently builds Citroën's C3 subcompact model.

Negotiations are reportedly still underway, with PSA pledging to offer jobs elsewhere to about half of the Aulnay workers that stand to be laid off.

Meanwhile, blood-rival Renualt has faced two work stoppages as well. Workers of at that company walked out in protest of cost-cutting measures that would seek to bring French production costs inline with those of similar operations in Spain. Tough times all around for France's two primary automakers.


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      DENNISLISA79
      • 2 Years Ago
      they shoule be thankful that they have a job
      Iselin007
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had a co worker in the 1980's that said he had a Citroen an it was the best car he ever had .
      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Guess they want the month of July off too.
      Docstu
      • 2 Years Ago
      The french wanted socialism they got it.
      JayH
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know it sucks losing your job, but how else can the company remain in operation??? they are not selling as many cars as they are making, they HAVE to do something... I really don't understand these strikes and these unions... go out and get people to buy the cars you're making then... :/
        Iselin007
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JayH
        About time some people were pro worker an invested in their own country in companies that create jobs so people would have money to make the economy better.
      James Scott
      • 2 Years Ago
      Easy solution: Just shut down production now. It sounds like it's what the Union wants: If they don't have job security past 2 years than no jobs now is better! Get it over with, like removing a band-aid. As for the Renault deal, same thing. Union considers no jobs better than cut backs. I think I'm on board with the Union on that one! Just close it down and move production to Spain.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      The problem is that PSA and Reanult are both heavily dependent on the ever-shrinking European auto market. This is what happens when you fail to expand and build products that satisfy consumers on a global level and in different parts of the world. Volkswagen has seen continual growth because it has a different vision and has therefore positioned itself as the only true global brand that is from Europe. Fiat is attempting something similar under Marchionne...but the French brands are typically quagmired in the type of philosophy that gets you nowhere.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        Both Renault and PSA sell and manufacture their wares globally ... with the exception of the US and Canada. You have no base for your comments whatsoever, the entire post is pure conjecture.
          Val
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          their biggest market is europe, also south america to a lesser extent and africa. Sales in africa aren't exactly skyrocketing. French cars are way behind volkswagen and GM in China.
          Val
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          And that's not even the only issue, renault is expanding in emerging markets with cars like the sandero and logan, not something they can make in france with the high labor costs. PSA also introduced some new models especially for emerging markets. Low cost models that will be made outside france.
        thedriveatfive
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        While you are right they are by far mostly European brands they do infact have growth outside of Europe. See below: http://www.renault.com/en/groupe/renault-dans-le-monde/pages/ventes.aspx
      Val
      • 2 Years Ago
      A magnificent chance for the government to step in and nationalize (again) the auto industry. And not like what the usa did with GM, real nationalization, where the government appoints management. A move like that will secure the re-election of holande in 3 years, for sure.
      babby201
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds just like the demise of Detroit , doesn't anyone pay attention .
      Robert
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now maybe BO can charge in and save them all, just like the UAW
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, I'm going to miss those nameplates.
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