BUSINESS NEWS | Macron Wants France To Be Europe’s Top Clean Car Producer

PARIS | FRANCE – President Emmanuel Macron announced an 8 billion euro plan on Tuesday to make France the top producer of clean vehicles in Europe and urge French carmakers to make vehicles in their own country.

French car plants are only just starting to rev up production after the coronavirus lockdown, which hit the auto sector badly, and Macron wants to accelerate the transition to electric cars to help revive the industry.

‘We need a motivational goal: make France Europe’s top producer of clean vehicles by bringing output (up) to more than one million electric and hybrid cars per year over the next five years’, Macron told a news conference.

To achieve that goals, he said France would increase the state bonus for consumers buying electric cars to 7,000 euros from 6,000 euros.

But to help dealership sell the 400,000 vehicles left unsold because of the lockdown, Macron said people buying a traditional car would receive a 3,000 euro bonus under a scheme that would apply to three-quarters of households.

‘Our fellow citizens need to buy more vehicles, and in particular clean ones. Not in two, five or 10-years – now’, Macron said following a visit to a Valeo car parts factory in northern France.

No car model currently produced in France should be manufactured abroad, he said.

Renault, which produces its Zoe electric model in France, had pledged to make a future Renault-Nissan electric engine in France and not in Asia, as initially envisaged, he said.

The government will not sign off on a planned 5 billion euro state loan for Renault until management and unions conclude talks over the carmaker’s French workforce and plants in France, Macron said.


Saudi Opens Consular Section Of Kabul Embassy As Of Tuesday – State News Agency

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia announced that it was opening the consular section in its embassy in Afghani capital of Kabul as of Tuesday to provide consular service to Afghani citizens, state news agency (SPA) report. In August, Saudi evacuated all of its diplomats from the embassy in Kabul after the Taliban movement overtook the … More Saudi Opens Consular Section Of Kabul Embassy As Of Tuesday – State News Agency

Saudi Arabia Halts Flights From More African Nations – State News Agency

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior halted flights from and to Malawi, Zambia, Madagascar, Angola, Seychelles, Mauritius and the Comoros Islands on Sunday owing to concerns related to the spread of the new COVID-19 strain, state news agency SPA reported on Twitter. Saudi Arabia on Friday suspended flights to and from South Africa, Namibia, … More Saudi Arabia Halts Flights From More African Nations – State News Agency

Saudi – Led Coalition Carries Out Strikes In Yemeni Capital Sanaa – State TV

PARIS, France – The Saudi – led coalition fighting in Yemen said early on Saturday it launched air strikes on military targets in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, asking civilians not to gather around or approach the targeted sites, Saudi state TV reported. The coalition, which intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Iran – … More Saudi – Led Coalition Carries Out Strikes In Yemeni Capital Sanaa – State TV

Oman Bans Travellers From 7 Southern African States Over COVID Variant

PARIS, France – – Oman has suspended entry to travellers from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini starting from Nov.28 due to the spread of a new variant of COVID – 19 discovered in South Africa, the country’s state news agency said in a tweet on Saturday.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s