Ngebray.com,- Emmanual Macron, a leading contender for the French presidency at the launch of his new political party last year at Amiens, a small city in Northern France where he was born and raised. He left at age 16 to attend elite schools in Paris. And since then the region has changed fundamentally. Factory after factory has closed leaving workers furious at French President Francois Hollande and members of his government including Macron.
The most recent threat the American appliance make a Whirlpool Corp announced this year it would shut a clothes dryer plant in Amiens and move it’s production to Poland.Fearing Whirlpool would shut the plant, workers wrote a letter to Macron in 2015. A Macron spokeswoman declined to comment. Macron has urged Whirlpool to find a buyer for the plant so the workers don’t lose their jobs. Other closures have hit Amiens recently. Goodyear’s closure in 2015 followed a tumultuous battle with management and workers at Whirpool haven’t forgotten.
Mr. Holland told the Goodyear workers that companies shouldn’t be allowed to close factories simply to boost profits. Workers around Amiens wildly interpreted that as a pledge to save the plant. The industrial decline around Amiens is fueling the rise of parties outside the historical mainstream of French politics. Mainly the far right national front and its leader Marine Le Pen. She’s pledging to take France out of European union. Le Pen also wants to impose a 35% tax at the French border on imports from companies that have moved factories out of France.
Marcon campaign official in the region, says the EU needs to be reformed to prevent companies like Whirlpool from exploiting lower labor costs in Eastern Europe. But for many workers at Whirlpool and throughout the region, Macron’s message isn’t getting through.
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