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Arnaud Montebourg, French Industry Minister, urged PSA Peugeot Citroen to declare its plans concerning the future of its facilities.

On June 28th PSA Peugeot Citroen, Europe’s second-biggest automaker, declared that as the company tries to make more cost savings it will close one its two plants in Paris.

“The decisions that you could take would undoubtedly have consequences on the entire car industry and especially outsourcing. I would like as a result that the PSA’s management makes its intentions known as quickly as possible,” Montebourg said in a letter addressed to Peugeot Chief Executive Philippe Varin.

France faced the highest level of jobless people in April since August 1999, so the new Socialist government has begun to take measures and avoid a wave of factory closures. Montebourg was appointed by French President Francois Hollande to analyze and revise the industrial sector’s decline.

Last week PSA announced its intention to reduce production of its Peugeot 208 small car, currently manufactured at Poissy, west of Paris. This move will only pave the way for closure of the northern Paris suburb of Aulnay sous Bois plant. Montebourg has already appointed a government expert whose role is to establish a rigorous and detailed report on PSA’s real situation.