Alstom CEO sees “no structural issue” for the Belfort site



Le PDG d’Alstom, Henri Poupart-Lafarge, était auditionné mardi 27 septembre par la commission des affaires économiques de l’Assemblée nationale.

Despite negotiations with the government, the CEO of Alstom, Henri Poupart-Lafarge, is still pessimistic about the future of factory Belfort . Tuesday, September 27 auditioned by the Committee on Economic Affairs of the National Assembly, he has claimed not see “structural issue” for the city of Lion’s website, notably because of a shortage of public orders.

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According to the group, the decrease in activity of rail freight in France and “historically low” TGV controls affect most severely the plant than Belfort other production sites in France. Indeed, only about twenty locomotives and TGV drive will be produced in Franche-Comte factory this year, against 140 in 2008.

Manifestation of Alstom employees outside the headquarters of the group

During his hearing Tuesday Mr. Poupart-Lafarge has also ruled out any possibility of new orders from the SNCF or RATP particular, that would restart lasting activity. “I’m too aware of the difficulty of transportation train in France for go force train controls that go rust in closets “he said.

While several hundred employees of Alstom demonstrated on Tuesday outside the headquarters of the group in Saint-Ouen (Seine Saint-Denis ), the group’s CEO did not question the closure of the factory in Belfort. Mr. Poupart-Lafarge said on the contrary it would strengthen other sites also know “load reductions” especially Reichshoffen, to which the activity belfortaise must be transferred.

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However, on Monday at the end of the central works council trade unionist Claude Mandard (CFE-CGC) said that Mr. Poupart-Lafarge announced the closing gel the Belfort plant, waiting for the rescue plan promised by the government.



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