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French Continental Tire Workers Protest Again

Several hundred workers from a Continental tire factory in France have set tires on fire at another factory of the German auto parts maker to protest looming job cuts.

SARREGUEMINES, France (AP) -- Several hundred workers from a Continental tire factory in France have set tires on fire at another factory of the German auto parts maker near the Luxembourg border to protest looming job cuts.

About 500-600 workers from the Clairoix factory north of Paris traveled Wednesday to the factory at Sarreguemines to protest the plan to close the plant at Clairoix, which employs more than 1,120 people.

The workers want a new meeting with management, the unions and the French government.

Last month, workers hurled floor lamps at windows and stomped on furniture at the Clairoix plant.

Continental, which is based in Hanover, Germany, said earlier this year that due to a steep drop in car sales it would end tire production in Clairoix by the end of March in 2010.

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