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France's PSA Peugeot-Citroen slashing 8,000 jobs
Struggling carmaker Peugeot-Citroen slashing 8,000 jobs in France, closing iconic plant
By The Associated Press

PARIS (AP) Struggling French carmaker PSA Peugeot-Citroen is slashing 8,000 jobs in France and closing an iconic site north of Paris.

Union members said company management announced the job cuts and closure plan during a meeting with the works council. The restructuring plan includes the closure of its Aulnay-sous-Bois factory.

Unions vowed to try to fight back, and plan protests later Thursday.

The company is trying to save 1 billion ($1.2 billion) this year as it struggles to compete in Europe's fiercely competitive car market. It is suffering particularly amid a slump in sales in the recession-hit south of Europe. Its sales plunged 20 percent in Europe in the first quarter.

It is hoping a new alliance with General Motors Corp. will allow it to return to long-term profitability.

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