French car industry calls ban on combustion engine cars ‘industrial destruction’

Euractiv | Jun 13, 2022 at 9:20 AM
  • The French car industry has unanimously condemned the European Parliament’s vote to ban the production of combustion engine cars from 2035, arguing it amounts to “industrial destruction” and a “step into the unknown”.
  • Le Maire met with car industry representatives on Friday to look into ways “[the French government] can continue to support car manufacturers and their subcontractors”, ensuring at all times that “recharging stations be manufactured in France as much as possible”.
  • China has become a world leader in the production of electric cars but will simultaneously continue to produce cheaper combustion engine cars while European producers branch out.