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Sarkozy Plans to Meet Peugeot CEO Over Aulnay Plant, Union Says

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April 12 (Bloomberg) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy will meet PSA Peugeot Citroen’s Chief Executive Officer Philippe Varin in the next few days to discuss the future of the carmaker’s Aulnay plant.

At a meeting today with unions at the factory, Sarkozy said he would meet Varin and arrange a three-way meeting with unions, Industry Minister Eric Besson and Peugeot’s management next week, Jean-Pierre Mercier, a representative for CGT union said in a phone interview. No date has been set yet, he said.

Sarkozy, who faces the first round of presidential elections on April 22, met with the three main unions at the plant located north of Paris after Aulnay workers organized a protest outside the president’s campaign headquarters.

Pierre-Olivier Salmon, a spokesman for Peugeot, declined to comment. Europe’s second-largest carmaker said in September that it will review the Aulnay factory because of a lack of competitiveness. The plant employs about 3,300 workers.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mathieu Rosemain in Paris at mrosemain@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.net