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France's government pushes Alstom to maintain train making

  • FILE - This Wednesday, April 30, 2014 file photo shows the company logo of Alstom at the headquarters of the leading global maker of high-speed trains, power plants and grids, in Levallois-Perret, outside Paris, France. France’s Socialist government vows to maintain the train making site of rail giant Alstom in the country despite the company’s decision to end its production. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

    FILE - This Wednesday, April 30, 2014 file photo shows the company logo of Alstom at the headquarters of the leading global maker of high-speed trains, power plants and grids, in Levallois-Perret, outside Paris, France. France’s Socialist government vows to maintain the train making site of rail giant Alstom in the country despite the company’s decision to end its production. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, June 24, 2014 file photo, a worker walks past a combined gas and steam turbine in the Alstom plant in Belfort, eastern France. France’s Socialist government vows to maintain the train making site of rail giant Alstom in the country despite the company’s decision to end its production. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, June 24, 2014 file photo, a worker walks past a combined gas and steam turbine in the Alstom plant in Belfort, eastern France. France’s Socialist government vows to maintain the train making site of rail giant Alstom in the country despite the company’s decision to end its production. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)  (The Associated Press)

France's Socialist government is vowing to maintain the train-making site of rail giant Alstom in the country despite the company's decision to end production.

Finance minister Michel Sapin said Monday that the government will work with local officials, Alstom's management and potential clients about ensuring the workload so that the railway production "will be able to be maintained" in the eastern French city of Belfort.

The government criticized the company's "sudden" decision last week to end its production and denounced the lack of consultation.

The French state has a 20 percent stake in Alstom.

The closure of the plant would lead to 400 job cuts in Belfort and employees redeployed to other sites in the country.