The state must act to force Nokia to suspend its dismissal plan to “prevent a social catastrophe” in France, encourages former Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg in an article published Sunday newspaper. The Finnish telecom equipment manufacturer “wants to cut 986 jobs, mainly in research and development, in Lannion (Côtes-d’Armor) and Nozay (Essonne), or almost a third of the workforce in France,” he said. Montebourg and the co-signatories of this platform, PCF Senator Gérard Lahellec and LR MP Marc Lefur, both elected from the Côtes d’Armor.
Condemning “lost jobs in high technology, hundreds of young people at affordable prices, and the elderly pushed towards unemployment”, they believe “also and above all (that) the dismantling of a major telecommunications player in France raises the question of sovereignty and national security”, because ” we cannot want to install 5G in a forced march and at the same time let the skills for its development and deployment disappear ”. “We challenge the President of the Republic,” they continue, assessing the need to “immediately take measures to obtain a suspension of the release plan from Nokia” and thus avoid a “social, environmental and industrial catastrophe.”
They call on “the state to organize a round table with public authorities, Nokia employees and all stakeholders to work on alternatives” and “to monitor the proper use of public support in terms of investment and development. ‘Employment and research into tax optimization practices’. The state has” leverage “, the signatories insist, explaining that” all patents created by Nokia in France “are being returned to Finland and that” thus the group is avoiding paying taxes in France, while the State has paid it 273 million euros in research tax. “
They are calling for the signing of an online petition launched by the union (Nokia, CFDT, CGT, CFE-CGC, CFTC) to demand the intervention of the President of the Republic.