Ford company entrance at Blanquefort
5 March 2019

Ford: the Motor Company will pay out, for employees, re-industrialisation and depollution of the site

On 4 March 2019, Ford's job safeguard plan (€165 million) for its Blanquefort site (Gironde) was approved by the Direction Régionale des Entreprises, de la Concurrence, de la Consommation, du Travail et de l'Emploi (DIRECCTE – Regional Directorate for Enterprises, Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs, Labour and Employment). Ford will also have to pay €20 million for re-industrialisation of the site and undertake its depollution.
 
Bruno Le Maire made this clear during the Questions to the Government session at the National Assembly on 5 March 2019: "Ford is going to pay what it owes to employees, the site and the territory". This involves:
 
  • For employees, a large-scale social protection plan (€169 million): early retirement for 300 to 400 employees, and assistance with redeployment over 2 or 3 years for the rest.
     
  • For re-industrialisation of the site, €20 million, which Ford has undertaken to pay in a letter of intent. This is in line with what the Government asked for and is 6 times higher than the legal obligation (€3.5 million). "We're going to work with employees and all local government officers on all re-industrialisation proposals", Bruno Le Maire stated.
In addition to its action to safeguard jobs, the Government is acting to build the industry of the future, by investing in innovation, so that companies can robotise and digitise, and by working at European level "to assert European industrial preference and create European industrial champions".