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Workers occupied the factory and are burning tires outside the plant, putting the area under a cloud of black smoke, a spokesman for the local authority said.



“The show is only just beginning,” Mickael Wamen, leader of the CGT union at Goodyear’s Amiens-Nord factory, said at a press conference after the release of the hostages.

The hostage-taking had been the latest twist in Goodyear’s woes in France. The Akron, Ohio-based company, which employs about 3,000 people in the country, announced plans in January 2013 to shut the facility after failing to reach an accord after five years of talks with the CGT, the main union at the site.

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