Macron Criticizes Nokia At Paris Press Conference

French President says job cuts did not "respect" the terms of the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Finnish company.

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Finish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (L) gives a RoPS football shirt to French President Emmanuel Macron (R) during a press conference in Paris / Credit: @Valtioneuvosto Twitter

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has criticized Nokia over job cuts it made to its workforce in France.

Speaking at a joint press conference after meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre), Macron said he was dissatisfied with Nokia’s plans to cut hundreds of jobs in France.

Macron said that Nokia had not respected the terms that were negotiated with the French Government when France approved the sale of the Alcatel-Lucent network company to Nokia in November 2016.

Prime Minister Sipilä said he could not take a position on the disagreement, because Nokia was a private company.

During the negotiations for Nokia to buy Alcatel-Lucent, Macron was the French Minister of Economic Affairs.

Prime Minister Sipilä has been in Paris today for bilateral talks with President Macron, the first time the two leaders have met. At the press conference, Sipilä gave Macron a playing shirt from Rovaniemi football team RoPS.