PARIS (Reuters) – French carmaker Renault <RENA.PA> is about to announce plans to cut 5,000 jobs by 2024 in its drive to save 2 billion euros (1.8 billion pounds) in costs, according to a report published Tuesday by Le Figaro.
The company, still awaiting finalisation of a planned 5 billion euro state loan pending talks between management and unions over the workforce and plants in France, will not resort to outright lay-offs, the newspaper said on its website.
Renault will prioritise “the non-replacement of employees planning to retire”, Le Figaro added.
Renault declined to comment on Le Figaro’s report when contacted by Reuters.
Reuters reported on Monday that Renault, which had a 48,500-strong workforce in France as of 2019, could unveil job cuts and plant closures on Thursday as part of its cost-saving plan.
Earlier on Tuesday, President Emmanuel Macron announced an 8 billion euro plan to make France the top producer of clean vehicles in Europe and urged French carmakers to make vehicles in their own country.
Renault is 15% owned by the French state.
(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten and Bertrand Boucey; Editing by Timothy Heritage)