French President Emmanuel Macron stated on Friday that Ford’s decision to end production at its plant located in Blanquefort, southern France next year was “hostile” and stated his government was frequently seeking a buyer for the site.
“As much as I rely in a social and market-driven economy, I don’t believe in cynicism. So I consider the gesture made by the automaker yesterday as hostile and unacceptable,” Macron stated, speaking after a summit of European leaders in Brussels.
The U.S automaker stated on Thursday it would finish production at Blanquefort by late August 2019 after declining a rescue deal for the factory. The move which drew ire from France’s finance minister because of the risk of large-scale job losses.