France Warns Renault on Turkey Move

Following last week's rumors surrounding a possible shift in the production of some Renault models from France to Turkey, the French government reacted and warned the carmaker not to proceed with its plans if they are to lead to local job losses.

"Renault is not just any ordinary company - the state holds 15% and we are not going to be spectators because this is a company that has received a lot of assistance during the crisis," employment minister Laurent Wauquiez told RTL radio, cited by "A company that sells to French consumers must, as much as possible, produce in France."

The plans Renault reportedly has, which surfaced in French magazine La Tribune, include the shift of the entire line of the next generation Clio from France to Turkey. The Clio has been produced in two locations: the Flins plant in France and the Bursa factory in Turkey.

The news was not officially confirmed by Renault, who only limited itself at saying it is still considering the move. However, Turkey's Oyak Group, who already has a partnership with Renault, confirmed it is talking with the French to produce a new Clio model in Turkey.

"This is a strategic subject, and talks are continuing," Celal Caglar, Oyak chairman was quoted as saying by Reuters.

The French carmaker is applying the moves it is considering necessary to cut costs. Back in December, Patrick Pelata, Renault's COO, said the manufacturer is talking with as many partners as possible for engines, transmissions and new technologies.
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