Police hurt in clash with French workers
over Goodyear tyre plant closure
John Lichfield has been The Independent's man in Paris since 1997, covering French news. Before that, he was the paper's Foreign Editor and he has also worked in Brussels and Washington. In 1999, he was the UK press Awards Foreign Reporter of the year.
Thursday 07 March 2013
Nineteen police officers were injured when redundancy-threatened workers bombarded them with burning tyres and paintballs outside the French headquarters of the American tyre company, Goodyear.
Several hundred workers gathered in Reuil-Malmaison, west of Paris, to protest against the closure of a Goodyear factory at Amiens in northern France with the loss of 1,173 jobs.
The fate of the factory has become a symbol of industrial decline in France and the alleged lack of competitiveness of French labour. “We came here to fight… ,” said worker Richard Jouhannet.
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