France -Steelworkers protest against job cuts -April 8, 2012

Iron and steel workers marched from Florange (eastern France) to the capital Paris to protest against the job cuts and a drop in state financial support for the steel industry. Initially the Florange Steel factory was 100% owned by French companies, and then sold to steel giant Arcelor Mittal. The march came amid a complete breakdown of talks between the workers and the French Presidency who has accused labour unions of exaggerating the loss of jobs. President Sarkozy had announced Arcelor Mittal will invest EUR 17 million to keep the factory working.

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