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Ven.24 octobre 201424/10/2014 Édition du matin

Home market crash further dents France's stalling car industry

|  Par Dan Israel

French car manufacturers PSA Peugeot Citroën and Renault are facing a grave crisis, and figures just released for new car sales in France in 2012 underline the bleak prospects for the immediate future, with the lowest number of units sold since 1997. Dan Israel reports on the plight of an industry that is estimated to employ 700,000 people in France, and which must urgently find a strategy for survival amid what has become a Europe-wide 'carmageddon'.

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The French car industry is in crisis, and figures just released for new car sales in France in 2012 underline the bleak prospects for the immediate future, with the lowest number of units sold since 1997.  

There were just under 1.9 million new cars purchased in France last year, according to figures released last week by the French carmaker’s association, the CCFA, which also warned that in 2013 the market would be “at best like that of 2012”.

The results follow a Europe-wide trend, (with the notable recent exception of the UK, which in 2012 saw sales increase year-on-year by 5%),  with new car sales steadily falling, notably since 2008. The global, EU-wide figure of 12 million units sold in 2012 is the lowest since 1993, according to Fitch Ratings. 

In a year-on-year comparison, new car sales in France shrank by 13.9% in 2012 and the French makes ...

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