France's Alstom says in talks with government on Belfort plant

September 13, 2016 12:15 PM EDT

The logo of French engineering group Alstom is seen at a plant in Aytre near La Rochelle, France, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

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PARIS (Reuters) - Alstom , the French maker of TGV trains, said on Tuesday it was in discussions with the government over its controversial plan to close a plant in eastern France and would take no action until the talks had ended.

Chief Executive Henri Poupart-Lafarge had told staff earlier on Tuesday that he intended to press ahead with the planned closure of the Belfort site, which unleashed a political furore when announced last week.

"No decision will be taken before [the talks] are concluded," the company said in a statement.

(Reporting by Cyril Altmeyer; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Laurence Frost)

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