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French workers blockade Peugeot parts factory, officials mull police intervention

A spokesperson for carmaker PSA Group says two helicopters are retrieving equipment from the plant in the town of Sept-Fons until a solution is found


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Employees are concerned about a pending takeover of the struggling plant. PHOTO General Motors

PARIS—The maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars has resorted to using helicopters to retrieve car parts from a French factory blockaded by workers worried about their jobs.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned July 6 on BFM television that the government will take the “necessary measures” if workers don’t lift the blockade, suggesting a possible police intervention.

Employees at the factory run by GM&S are seeking better conditions in a pending takeover of the struggling site. GM&S is a supplier for carmaker PSA Group, which has promised 40 million euros ($45 million) in contracts and investment to keep the plant afloat.

PSA spokesman Pierre-Olivier Salmon said the blockade could force the carmaker to reconsider its funding proposals and that two helicopters are retrieving equipment from the plant in the town of Sept-Fons until a solution is found.


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