Report – PSA and Renault cease output to observe French “minute of silence” image

Following the recent terrorist attacks on a Paris-based newspaper, a media report claims that both France’s automotive producers, Renault and PSA Peugeot Citroen decided to halt production lines yesterday during a nationwide minute of silence as the victims are remembered.

According to French newspaper Le Figaro, vehicle production output at both PSA Peugeot Citroen and Renault plants across the nation was stopped during the country wide remembrance moment – though a Renault spokesperson did not confirm whether production was halted and only said employees in its French and its global operations observed the moment of silence. French President Francois Hollande declared January 8 a day of national mourning after the attack on the headquarters of Paris-based satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday. He asked firms and schools to observe a “moment of silence” at noon after the attackers gunned down 12 people.

On 7 January 2015, at around 11:30 CET (10:30 UTC), two masked assailants used Kalashnikov rifles, a shotgun, and an RPG launcher as they entered the Paris office of the newspaper, killing in the attack 12 people, including the editor Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier, eight other Charlie Hebdo employees and two National Police officers. Eleven other persons sustained injuries – the newspaper was targeted after rising to worldwide fame for its depictions of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Following the attack, the two suspects are currently hunted down, while a third person has already been identified and turned himself in. The remainder of the Charlie Hebdo staff has already said that the newspaper’s publication will come as usual, and in a much larger run of 1 million copies.

Via Automotive News Europe