A steep drop in car sales - largely caused by the energy crisis - forced the French car manufacturers, Citroen, to lay off its production line workers on Thursday and Friday (14 and 15 March).
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Background: A steep drop in car sales - largely caused by the energy crisis - forced the French car manufacturers, Citroen, to lay off its production line workers on Thursday and Friday (14 and 15 March). The workers will receive 60 per cent of their normal wages.
Soaring petrol prices and fears of an oil shortage have greatly reduced orders for new cars both in France itself and in its major export markets, Britain, France and West Germany. Citroen - France's second largest car manufacturer - has suffered cuts in its export orders of more than 20% over the last month.
Laying off production line workers is one of a series of measures the Company is taking to cope with overproduction. They also plan to cut the working week by half-an-hour, to 43 hours.
A spokesman for the French car manufacturers said that 'After the massive boom of 1973 the outlook is now very bleak'.