11:32 GMT25 September 2020
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    The municipal councilor of France's Saint-Nazaire, where Mistral carriers are made, told Sputnik that trade unions are split over the government's deadlock in the shipment.

    Residents of Saint-Nazaire, where the Mistral aircraft carriers meant for Russia are made, are increasingly concerned about their fate, municipal councilor and Front National party member Gauthier Bouchet told Sputnik.

    According to Bouchet, the idea of sinking the Mistrals could become a possibility as they are made for Arctic conditions which would not attract potential customers in Brazil, Egypt or Indonesia.

    "I believe that it will become apparent through voting or people leaving traditional labor unions which are not acting in support of the Mistrals. CGT (General Confederation of Labor) is at a loss in this issue, opinions are divided in half," Bouchet said.

    Bouchet added that the situation could become a wider social movement if France's refusal to ship Mistrals creates blowback for the aerospace indutry and subcontractors.

    "I would not want that to happen. I would like Saint-Nazaire to retain its industrial power. But this city doesn't know if there will be contracts in a year or two, or if they will be fulfilled if the government refuses to fulfill them due to foreign policy considerations," Bouchet said.

    Bouchet added that if the Mistral deal has caused unemployment to rise in Saint-Nazaire, protests like the one that Front National organized in Saint-Nazaire September could become more frequent.

    The views and opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

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