The Bridgestone factory in Béthune in Pas-de-Calais will close, announced Thursday, November 12 Agnès Pannier-Runacher, the Minister for Industry. Management refused a bailout and decided to shut down the tire production site which employs 863 people, said Thursday (November 12).“Bridgestone I never trusted them”, reacted on franceinfo Xavier Bertrand, president of the Hauts-de-France region.
This closure should allow “safeguard competitiveness” of Bridgestone in Europe but “ten opportunities including four projects already well defined” have been identified for the site, the tire manufacturer said Thursday. “Their attitude is insane from start to finish, denounces Xavier Bertrand. Rather than investing on this site – they put in one euro, the state, the region, local communities put in one euro, a proposal that they cannot find anywhere else – in the end, they will put in place a plan social and revitalization that will cost them more than an investment. “
>> Closure of Bridgestone in Béthune: “It is clear and definitive, we are entering a phase of mourning”, reacts the mayor.
For several months, the president of the region Hauts-de-France denounces “a long-anticipated assassination.” “They had been intending to close this site for years, they refused to invest, which is why we had harassed them to tell us what their intentions were”, says Xavier Bertrand.
In the end, they put it on the back of the Covid and it has nothing to do with it.Xavier Bertrand
Xavier Bertrand intends to fight “to obtain a maximum for the employees, to allow them to get by individually and to rebound. We must obtain a maximum for the revitalization of the site so that we can bring in investors and recreate jobs on This site.”
Bridgestone offers “120 million euros for all employees and to find buyers”, indicates the president of the Hauts-de-France region. This proposition “is insufficient, it is making fun of the world.”