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French Workers Protest Plant Closure With Bomb Threats

Fri, 04/02/2010 - 4:27am

CREPY-EN-VALOIS, France (AP) — Workers at a factory north of Paris are threatening to set fire to a huge gas tank to protest the planned closure of the factory.

About 50 workers at Sodimatex, which makes car rugs, have been occupying the site in Crepy-en-Valois since Thursday. They want to pressure the company for better compensation.

A union representative said Friday that "determined" workers have not backed down from their threat to set fire to a 5,000-litre (1,300-gallon) gas tank just outside the factory. Gas canisters were also seen on the roof.

Plant closings have led French workers to increasingly militant behavior, with numerous cases of boss-nappings over the past year and one other case of a threat to blow up a factory.

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