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France: These workers oppose block on French-Russian Mistral warship deal01:29

France: These workers oppose block on French-Russian Mistral warship deal

France, Saint Nazaire
December 18, 2014 at 03:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of ship builders held a protest decrying France’s decision to block the deployment of two Mistral warships to Russia at the port of Saint Nazaire, Thursday. The workers, who worked on the Vladivostok and Sevastopol, said it is Paris’ responsibility to fulfil the order. The deal has been put on hold following EU and US sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

Organised by the General Labour Confederation (CGT) Union Committee of Lorient, the shipbuilders stood in front of the warships, holding banners reading “The French naval industry is our future" and "[We want] Projects to keep jobs". The secretary CGT Union Committee of Lorient stated it would be the workers who would pay for Paris’ decision to delay the delivery, adding “This is a warship; they knew what they were doing, and who they were selling it to."

The Mistral-class warship deal, priced at 1.2 billion euro ($1.49 billion), was due to take place in October but it was put on hold by the French government due to US and EU pressure to block the transfer. Moscow officials have stated that they will either accept the ships or reimbursement. However, Paris will be forced to pay compensation claims if it breaches the contract between the two countries, which has created around 1,000 jobs in France.

France: These workers oppose block on French-Russian Mistral warship deal01:29
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Hundreds of ship builders held a protest decrying France’s decision to block the deployment of two Mistral warships to Russia at the port of Saint Nazaire, Thursday. The workers, who worked on the Vladivostok and Sevastopol, said it is Paris’ responsibility to fulfil the order. The deal has been put on hold following EU and US sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

Organised by the General Labour Confederation (CGT) Union Committee of Lorient, the shipbuilders stood in front of the warships, holding banners reading “The French naval industry is our future" and "[We want] Projects to keep jobs". The secretary CGT Union Committee of Lorient stated it would be the workers who would pay for Paris’ decision to delay the delivery, adding “This is a warship; they knew what they were doing, and who they were selling it to."

The Mistral-class warship deal, priced at 1.2 billion euro ($1.49 billion), was due to take place in October but it was put on hold by the French government due to US and EU pressure to block the transfer. Moscow officials have stated that they will either accept the ships or reimbursement. However, Paris will be forced to pay compensation claims if it breaches the contract between the two countries, which has created around 1,000 jobs in France.

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