The day after Arnaud Montebourg’s visit to his sweater-making factory in Labruguière in the Tarn region, Laurent Brunas swears that he will not receive ” no more politician »In his establishment. ” It will have been the first and the last time », Swears, Friday November 5, the leader of the Regain manufacture, visibly tested.
At his invitation, Mr. Montebourg, candidate for the 2022 presidential election, came to visit his sweater knitting workshop the day before. Arrived by plane in the morning, the one whose program is the “Remontada”, ” the idea that through politics, the French have the power to do great things together for France and for themselves “, Is accompanied by his campaign team and the team of the television show” C’est dans l’air “.
At the turn of the visit, Mr. Brunas tells him that he lost a supply contract for the army. ” It was eighteen months ago », Recalls the entrepreneur, 70% of the production of which is sold to the French administration. The four-year contract, renewed once, was to manufacture 20,000 parts per year. And, for eight years, it represented nearly 10% of its annual activity.
It is precisely for this reason that Mr. Montebourg came to the Regain factory. His campaign team announced it to local media the day before. The France Bleu site reports that “The army preferred a Chinese manufacturer to Regain for one of these last orders of sweaters” and that M. Montebourg ” come and denounce him “. On the spot, as expected, the one who defends ” a Made in France XXL project “Precisely mocks the attitude” of our army which preferred to source products manufactured abroad “. On Twitter, under the hashtag LaRemontada, his advisers appeal to Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Finance, and urge him to repair the damage suffered.
« Fake news »
At the end of the morning, the case is taken up by several media. Marine Le Pen, former president of the National Rally and presidential candidate, then denounces ” taxes that subsidize Chinese imports and relocations “. Xavier Bertrand, the LR party congress candidate, expresses his ” anger ” to have to “The army choose Chinese sweaters for our soldiers”. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, presidential candidate of rebellious France, also denounces these ” shooters in the back ».
But nothing is true. The spokesperson for the Ministry of the Armed Forces, Hervé Grandjean, denies, on Twitter, that the army is providing itself with ” Chinese sweaters rather than Made in Tarn sweaters ». « Fake news He denounces, stating that a ” contract (…) was signed with two French companies in September 2020 “. Namely: Saint-James and Léo Minor. Without recourse to Chinese factories. ” The confection is made either in France, Morocco and Tunisia He adds.
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