French autoworkers disrupt Peugeot Citroen plant

French autoworkers block production at Peugeot Citroen plant to protest layoffs

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French autoworkers disrupt Peugeot Citroen plant
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A striking worker demonstrates inside the French car manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroen in Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, as work was supposed to resume. The Aulnay plant has been at the center of a battle over the future of France's largest automaker. The company announced last year that it planned to cut 8,000 jobs and close Aulnay as it struggles to compete in Europe's stagnant car market. The banner reads: "No to the Closure of PSA Aulnay". (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, France (AP) -- A few hundred French striking autoworkers are disrupting production at a key Peugeot Citroen plant north of Paris, protesting layoffs linked to its pending closure.

France's largest automaker, struggling to compete in Europe's stagnant car market, is cutting 8,000 jobs and closing the Aulnay-sous-Bois factory.

Workers from the vocal and far-left CGT union marched into the plant early Monday, just as the company was trying to resume production after a similar disruption earlier this month.

Some workers who wanted to work Monday were resting inside half-built cars, because the striking workers were blocking the production line.

The company says production is progressively resuming despite the disruption.

Jean-Pierre Mercier of CGT says they want new jobs that would include early retirement at 55 and permanent contracts for all workers.

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