Renault Plans Job Cuts in France

Although things seemed to go great for French carmaker Renault, tackling low sales and low production levels is once again a top priority for the company that managed to stay away from the crisis without too much help from the government. According to a report by Bloomberg, Renault is looking to establish an early-retirement plan to counteract declining production in France.

Details aren't available for the time being, so nobody knows for sure how many employees the company is planning to get rid of, but negotiations are currently under way so more info should emerge soon.

The main reason for the job cut is obviously the French declining sales, as deliveries of certain models produced locally have fallen significantly in the last couple of months. The first to be affected is the Sandouville site, which will cut production of Laguna and Espace by 23 percent.

As expected, Renault hopes the debut of its eagerly-awaited electric models will bring the company back into the spotlights, as some of the models will be assembled in France. Zoe is just one of them, with operations scheduled to begin in 2012 at the Flins site.

"Renault is a French company, a socially responsible citizen, attached to its industrial and technological roots. This is one of the reasons why we decided to produce in the Flins plant (France), near our 10,000 engineers, Zoe, the core of Renault’s Electric Vehicle range, starting in 2012," Carlos Ghosn, Renault CEO, said in a statement earlier this year when the company was making the final touches to its EVs' global debut schedule.
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