Unions, including the CGT, made their social re-entry Thursday to denounce in particular the job cuts throughout France.

If the mobilization was not massive, Philippe Martinez nevertheless wanted to be positive at the microphone of Europe 1. For the secretary general of the CGT, this event is only the first in a series.


Demonstrations took place in Paris, Nantes and Rennes on Thursday, at the call of the CGT, FSU and Solidaires.

The unions want to denounce the job cuts and demand wage increases, while social plans and restructuring are increasing in France.

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At the microphone of Europe 1, Philippe Martinez, secretary general of the CGT, was questioned about the low enthusiasm generated by this call.

"It's a point of view," he defended himself.

"There was a mobilization that was more than essential. Are we letting these plans for job cuts do or are we reacting? We have chosen to react. This is a first mobilization for this comeback, which will call for others, "he continued.

The closure of the Bridgestone plant, a major issue

Philippe Martinez also denounced Thursday on Europe 1 the closure of the Bridgestone plant, which employs 863 employees in B├ęthune, in Pas-de-Calais.

Earlier today, Bruno Le Maire, the Minister of the Economy described the decision of the Japanese tire manufacturer as "revolting".

"We have already had nice words from the government, now we are waiting for action. That is why this day of mobilization is important. The recovery plan, is that new aid like those granted to Bridgestone to get there , or is it conditional aid with requests for commitments from companies to maintain employment, develop it and invest? "asked Philippe Martinez.