“The recovery plan is not an emergency plan. This continues, in particular through partial unemployment measures. The recovery plan is a transformation plan, recalled Agnès Pannier-Runacher, the Minister for Industry, on the set of “Talk Le Figaro”. It is a plan to decarbonise the economy, modernize and innovate.»
Of the 100 billion euros of the recovery plan, planned for by 2022 and currently discussed in the Assembly, 35 billion euros are devoted to industry. “Industry is 20% of the problem, it is indeed 20% of carbon emissions, and it is 100% of the solutions. It is in industry that we will develop carbon-free agriculture, carbon-free transport with hydrogen engines for airplanes, for boats.»
A “scenario” soon to be offered in Béthune
The Minister underlined the major challenges of this plan for the industry: “It is now that we are building the France of 2030. We must continue to invest and innovate to gain market share after the crisis.” Asked about the future of the Bridgestone sites in Bethune, where 863 jobs are threatened and Nokia in Lannion (1233 job cuts), the minister wants to believe it.
A “scenario” will be offered in Béthune in “two to three weeks». «A meeting takes place Thursday with the unions to discuss the conditions of this scenario and see if they support it, like Bridgestone», Specified the Minister.