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German, French Workers Protest Continental Closures

Several thousand employees of German auto parts maker Continental AG marched in Hannover Thursday to protest two possible factory closures in Germany and France.

BERLIN (AP) -- Several thousand employees of German auto parts maker Continental AG marched in Hannover Thursday to protest two possible factory closures in Germany and France.

Company shareholders were meeting in the northern German city to discuss whether to close tire factories in Hannover and Clairoux, France, moves that would shed 1,900 jobs.

More than a thousand workers chartered a train from Clairoux, north of Paris, to join colleagues as they marched toward Hannover's city hall to the tune of whistles, bells and chants in German and French.

On Tuesday, French Continental employees smashed windows, uprooted floor lamps, and stomped on furniture at the Clairoux factory and regional administrative offices in nearby Compiegne after a local court refused to block Continental from closing it.

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