US President Donald Trump signed a decree on March 27 compelling General Motors to manufacture respirators, which are starting to fail in American hospitals, and called on Ford to start "immediately" production of these vital medical devices as well. to deal with the coronavirus epidemic.
In France, where the shortage of respirators is a danger on which the public authorities are working, no such calls from President Macron. However, interviewed by Le Parisien - Today in France, the PSA group confirms that it is working on a similar project. Jean-Pierre Mercier, CGT central union delegate but also an employee at the Poissy plant (Yvelines), says that the site currently hosts "the project, in a small workshop, to assemble parts for respirators".
"Initiatives like this are not easy to implement," says a spokesperson for group management. But we are currently looking, with the French manufacturer Air Liquide, if we can supply them with components, either directly or through our suppliers. "
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Air Liquide has already expanded its assembly line for resuscitation ventilators and plans to double its production to more than 1,000 devices assembled per month in April. For his part, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe ruled on March 28 "possible" the requisition of the means of production of masks, drugs and other materials to fight against the coronavirus, while stressing that it did not constitute a "magic wand" and was to be used "with caution".
But, he underlined, "the requisition, we did it with regard to masks to preserve national production, to ensure that no mask produced or stored on the national territory can leave it".
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