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Tyre maker Goodyear is preparing to shut down a French plant that employs 1,250 workers near the northern city of Amiens.

According to a French government official quoted by French newspaper Le Monde, the plan will be presented at a January 31 works council meeting. “We’ve been informed of the risk of imminent closure of this site,” an official in Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s office was quoted as saying by Reuters, confirming the report in Le Monde newspaper.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. declined to comment. French unions called for immediate intervention by French President Francois Hollande, who has declared his support for French workers at the Goodyear Dunlop division during last year’s election campaign.
“We want him to stay on top of this,” CFE-CGC union representative Marc Jonet said. According to Le Monde, government officials have already met to discuss the plant’s situation on Tuesday.

Goodyear’s decision is linked to the fact that wheel and tyre maker Titan International abandoned a takeover offer for the plant in September. Back then, the U.S.-based company backed down after Goodyear failed to reach agreement with the CGT union on voluntary job cuts.

Goodyear also has a tyre plant in Montlucon, central France.