The Ascoval steelworks at the heart of a new political battle

DECRYPTION – Its owner has finally given up on the temporary transfer of 40% of production to Germany.

The German steel group Saarstahl has given up transferring part of the production of the French steel plant Ascoval to Saint-Saulve (North), the cabinet of the Minister of Industry told AFP on Thursday evening. “Following a series of meetings with the cabinet of Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister Delegate in charge of Industry, Saarstahl has indicated its agreement to abandon its plan to transfer Ascoval’s activity to its German site “, we told the cabinet, after a meeting in the evening in Bercy with representatives of the German group.

The new shareholder had planned to send, for reasons of costs linked to soaring electricity prices, 40% of production to Germany, according to representatives of the CFDT and the CGT, confirming information of The voice of the North. A project that provoked an outcry at the political level. “It would be unthinkable if the government did not consent to preferential electricity tariffs. It would be doing

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