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Paris pressures Renault over Clio


Paris pressures Renault over Clio


Carmaker Renault is coming under mounting pressure from the French government to keep production of the Clio at its plant in Flins, west of Paris.

Renault said it has not yet decided whether to build the next generation of the Clio at Flins or in Turkey.

The French Industry Minister Christian Estrosi said the government would “not be well disposed” to that.

President Nicolas Sarkozy has summoned Renault boss Carlos Ghosn to a meeting at the Elysee Palace on Saturday to discuss the matter.

Ghosn recently said it costs 1,400 euros more to make a Clio in France than in factories in other countries.

But the French state is a 15 percent shareholder in Renault and last year gave it a three billion euros low interest loan as part of a car industry bailout.

It is also committed to protecting manufacturing jobs in France and faces regional elections in March.

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