Keyword: Arnaud Montebourg

US boss mocks 'three hours a day' French workers

The head of US tyremaker Titan has mocked French workers and told ministers his company would be "stupid" to take over a troubled French factory.

Steel tycoon Mittal’s shock at ‘irrational’ French minister

Lakshmi Mittal reacts to being told he was “not welcome in France” and says nationalisation of his steel plant would be a “giant leap backwards”.

The Economist sees 'compte à rebours' for Montebourg

French industry minister Arnaud Montebourg's recent awkward encounters with economic hot potatoes raise questions over his future in government.

Steel reprieve comes at price for France's Hollande

Stand-off over steel giant ArcelorMittal's plant has unnerved investors, confused unions and exposed his new government to ridicule.

France announces ArcelorMittal steelworks deal

Government backs away from threat to nationalise steelworks, saying it secured promises from owner ArcelorMittal over investment and jobs.

France can frack without destroying environment, minister says

Industry minister Arnaud Montebourg seeks way around presidential pledge to retain a ban on hydraulic fracturing of natural gas from shale.

ArcelorMittal not welcome in France anymore, says minister

Industry minister Arnaud Montebourg has accused the steel giant of "not respecting France" saying it has "never honoured its commitments". 

French industry minister mulls takeover of ArcelorMittal plant

Industry minister Arnaud Montebourg says France should consider a takeover of two blast furnaces at ArcelorMittal's steel plant in Florange.

From deglobalisation to cutting business costs: has France's industry supremo changed his political spots?


As a contender to be the Socialist Party's presidential candidate a year ago Arnaud Montebourg railed against high-finance and publicly backed deglobalisation and protectionism. But last week the man who is now France’s industrial recovery minister showered a report calling for sharp cuts in labour costs with fulsome praise. His friends insist there is no contradiction. However some wonder whether Montebourg has undergone a political conversion since becoming a government minister. Mediapart’s Lénaïg Bredoux reports.

France looks to save Normandy refinery with Libyan funding

France is ready to join Libya's sovereign wealth fund in mounting a rescue plan for Petroplus, its oldest refinery, says industry minister Arnaud Montebourg.

Hollande tells ArcelorMittal to sell French furnaces it wants to close

Steel-making giant ArcelorMittal is summoned by the French government to either restart idled furnaces in north-east France or sell them.

France Claims Hyundai Dumps Cars

Industry minister says Hyundai and Kia brands are competing with French manufacturers in "unacceptable conditions" of dumping.

Arnaud Montebourg, the minister in the hot seat that just keeps getting hotter

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Arnaud Montebourg's feet have barely touched the ground since his appointment in May as France's Minister of Productive Recovery, a fancy title that corresponds broadly to the role of industry minister. This flamboyant and ambitious 49 year-old, a self-styled champion of antiglobalisation, who has worked hard at adopting a radical image on the Left of the Socialist Party, now faces his biggest political test in his ability to stem a mounting series of industrial plant closures and lay-offs, most notably carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen's decision to cut 8,000 jobs. He sits between two chairs in a government whose approach is decidedly more moderate than his own, his brash and thunderous style drawing scorn from both the conservative opposition and many in his own socialist camp. Lénaïg Bredoux reports on the behind-the-scenes power battle surrounding this controversial figure who leaves few indifferent.

Le Pen condemns 'far-right' attack on Montebourg and Pulvar

French journalist Audrey Pulvar and her partner, prominent Socialist Party figure Arnaud Montebourg, were harassed by a crowd of men in Paris.

French Socialist candidates face dogfight for party left

François Hollande and Martine Aubry have emerged as the finalists in the first round of voting in the French Socialist Party primaries held to choose a candidate in next year's presidential elections. As the showdown between the two approaches in a final poll next weekend, the major upset for both was the unexpectedly high score reached by the party's radical candidate Arnaud Montebourg. Both candidates must reach out to his supporters, and the testing task promises some lively debate in the coming days. Stéphane Alliès and Lénaïg Bredoux report.