Keyword: Florange

Hollande orders commission into future of ArcelorMittal plant

An independent commission is to assess the future of ArcelorMittal's idled steel plant in Florange, eastern France, which unions fear is soon to close.

French ArcelorMittal workers' steely determination to block plant closure

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Au Louvre Au Louvre

With just two weeks to go before the first round of the French presidential elections, growing anger over the uncertain fate of one of the last major steel-making plants in France has returned the issues of de-industrialization, globalization and the social responsibility of corporations to the fore of the political agenda. Exhausted but triumphant, a group of workers from the ArcelorMittal steel mill in Florange, north-east France, finally reached Paris on Friday amid public cheers and a battery of TV cameras after a marathon ten-day, 330-kilometre march in protest at the feared closure of part of their plant. Mathieu Magnaudeix was there to follow the men, now known across France as ‘the ArcelorMittals’, who have become the heroes of a decimated industrial heartland.