France 'to lose 20,000 jobs' to Chinese textile imports

25th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 25 (AFP) - France's textile industry is likely to lose between 15,000 and 20,000 jobs to unrestrained Chinese imports this year alone, the head of the main industry federation said on Monday.

PARIS, April 25 (AFP) - France's textile industry is likely to lose between 15,000 and 20,000 jobs to unrestrained Chinese imports this year alone, the head of the main industry federation said on Monday.  

Guillaume Sarkozy, who heads the French Union of Textile Industries (UIT), also called on the European Union to take "emergency measures" to halt the flood of cheap imports since textile quotas were lifted worldwide this year.  

"In 2004 we lost 10,000 jobs in the textile industry and 7,000 in clothing, and if nothing changes we are sliding towards between 15 and 20,000 job losses this year," he told reporters.  

Sarkozy, who is the brother of the prominent French politician Nicolas Sarkozy, also urged the French government to write to the European Commission and demand the activation of a safeguard clause to protect French manufacturers.  

EU trade ministers meeting in Luxembourg Sunday discussed possible measures to stem the imports.  

Quotas limiting the textile trade that had been in place for 10 years were fully lifted on January 1, unleashing China's huge, low-cost industry on US and European markets.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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