Police hurt in clash with French workers over Goodyear tyre plant closure


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The Independent Online

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.