He came to propose to relaunch the Nokia site in Lannion in another form. Former Minister of the Economy Arnaud Montebourg, who has not yet announced his plans for the presidential elections, believes that the telecom engineering of Lannion must change course, and owner.

“When Alcatel was sold to Nokia, we chose France and Brittany with the wrong horse”. Arnaud Montebourg, Minister of the Economy from 2012 to 2014, is not kind to the Finnish group of telephony and network design.

Stopover in Brittany

Arnaud Montebourg begins this Monday January 25 a tour of France where he hopes to test his possible candidacy in the next presidential elections. Lannion is the first two-day stage through Brittany, from Lannion to the port of Roscoff, after Brexit, via Morlaix on the site of Hop!

In Lannion, Arnaud Montebourg presented to employees as well as to Gérard Lahellec, senator (PCF) of the Côtes d’Armor and Marc Lefur, deputy (LR) of the Côtes d’Armor, his plan of “reconstruction of production in telecommunications”, a plan he intends to send to Prime Minister Jean Castex.

Suppression of 211 positions

In June 2020, the announcement of a fourth social plan in 5 years at Nokia aroused the anger of employees and elected officials in the Lannion region. Initially, 407 job cuts were announced. Finally, the departures would concern 211 employees, especially among young engineers.

A telecom flagship since the 1960s, the Lannion industrial site successively changed hands until the last sale to date, when Alcatel-Lucent was acquired by Nokia in 2016. For Arnaud Montebourg, the trouble comes from there. “We find ourselves in the Nokia tank with an unknown destination.”

“A new Alcatel”

The former Minister of the Economy proposes nothing less than to put an end to the adventure, by launching a new business, “a new Alcatel”. “It is a strategy which is supported by defense manufacturers”, says Arnaud Montebourg.

I came to make a proposal to the trade unions, as well as to the elected representatives of the territory [..] which for me is perhaps the way to finally regain our independence in telecoms […] by inventing the next generation 5G.

Arnaud Montebourg, business manager, former Minister of the Economy

Test balloon to go to the countryside?

Regarding his intentions and his own political projects, Arnaud Montebourg sidesteps the question. No question of revealing for the moment whether he will stand for the presidential election in 2022.

“Of course I am loaned projects, my ideas are welcomed [par diverses personnalités politiques], so much the better, it is that I must not be too far from the truth! “