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Whirlpool Is Sending French Jobs to Poland and Candidates Shrug

  • Macron, Fillon won’t promise to preserve jobs in Amiens
  • Appliance maker’s move to cost 280 jobs in Macron’s hometown
Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron

Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

For two of France’s leading presidential candidates, the time when politicians stood at a factory’s gates and promised to save manufacturing jobs is over.

Emmanuel Macron, the independent who’s leading in the polls, and Francois Fillon of the center-right Republicans have declined to pledge that they will maintain jobs at a Whirlpool Corp. appliance factory in the northern city of Amiens should they win the election. The U.S. maker of home appliances plans to transfer dryer production to Poland next year, meaning 280 workers will lose their jobs.