Paris (AFP)

Airbus in Toulouse, Hop! in Morlaix, Nokia and Sanofi in Paris: thousands of employees of these companies hit by drastic job cuts, post-Covid, expressed their anger on Wednesday in France:

The Ministry of Labor announced the same day that the number of job cuts envisaged in social plans since March 1 was twice that of the same period of 2019 (27,053 jobs against 13,033).

. Airbus

Several thousand Airbus employees demonstrated in the morning on the outskirts of Toulouse against the plan to cut jobs announced by the aircraft manufacturer, which threatens 5,000 jobs in France, including more than 3,500 in Toulouse and thousands of subcontractors.

A hundred people, including employees from Nantes, also gathered in front of the group's site in Saint-Nazaire, at the call of the CGT, again opposing any forced dismissal. The employees of the aircraft manufacturer and its subsidiary Stelia Aerospace in these two cities are also in the crosshairs, with more than a thousand jobs threatened.

The CEO of the European group, Guillaume Faury, estimated that the aircraft manufacturer "was moderated in (its) forecasts of reduction of jobs" in view of the gravity of the economic crisis related to Covid-19. In an interview with the German weekly Der Spiegel, however, he said he hoped to save up to 1,500 jobs in France and 2,000 in Germany (out of 5,100 job cuts announced in this country), thanks to short-time working and support schemes. the innovation implemented by Paris and Berlin.

. Nokia

"Disgusted" because "betrayed", several hundred employees of the Finnish Nokia (950 according to the police), including a delegation came in force from Lannion (Côtes-d'Armor) paraded to the sound of binious in Paris against the removal of 1.233 jobs in France, at the call of the intersyndicale (CFDT, CFE-CGC, CFTC, CGT).

The telecoms equipment supplier plans to cut 1,233 jobs, including 402 jobs in Lannion (Côtes-d'Armor) and 831 in Nozay (Essonne) in 2021 as part of a voluntary departure plan and with "reclassification solutions", according to The direction.

For the LREM deputy of Côtes d'Armor, Eric Bothorel, "Nokia makes fun of the world", by announcing its "plan at the exact limit of the commitment they had made four years ago not to dismiss and even to hire in research, which expired in June. "

. Hop!

Several hundred people gathered in Morlaix (Finistère) in front of the site of the regional subsidiary of Air France, where 280 people are employed, to protest against its closure.

In this subsidiary created in 2013 from the merger of the Brit Air, Regional and Airlinair companies, 40% of the approximately 2,400 jobs must be eliminated. Its maintenance sites in Morlaix and Lille, as well as its flight crew base in Toulouse, are threatened.

Shaken by the Covid-19 crisis, the Air France group plans to cut more than 7,500 jobs by the end of 2022 as part of its new strategy, including around 6,500 within the French company and over 1,000 within Hop !

. Sanofi

A hundred employees according to the CGT, sixty according to the police, from a dozen Sanofi sites, gathered near the National Assembly, at the call of this union to denounce "stock market layoffs". Several LFI and PCF deputies came to meet the demonstrators, joined by those of Nokia, and took turns speaking.

Sanofi announced plans to cut up to 1,700 jobs in Europe, including a thousand of the 25,000 employees in France (out of 100,000 worldwide), even though its sales were boosted in the first quarter by the health crisis.

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