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Bomb Threat Used by Platinum Equity Workers for Hollande Notice

Angry workers at a central France foundry owned by Platinum Equity LLC have placed about 20 gas demijohns converted into “mini-bombs” at the plant set for closure, in a last-ditch attempt to get President Francois Hollande’s attention.

“Those who own our factory are tossing us out like garbage,” Didier Verrier, a 59-year-old worker at DMI Vaux, the foundry that makes auto parts for Renault SA and Man Group, said in an interview. “We tried for months to negotiate to keep our jobs. It failed. In France, if you don’t make noise or break something, you don’t get heard.” He conceded they’re unlikely to blow anything up.