Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Carling (Moselle) and Gonfreville (Seine Maritime)
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Chemical Products
20 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products

300 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 September 2006
Employment effect (start)
1 November 2006
Foreseen end date
1 November 2011


French energy firm Total's petrochemicals unit, which employs 2,300 people in France, is to cut 300 jobs between November 2006 and November 2011. The affected units are Carling (Moselle), in the east of France and Gonfreville (Seine Maritime), in the north of the country.

At the same time, it is planning to invest 400 million euro by 2011 to bolster its business in the face of rising overcapacity and sluggish European demand. Total petrochemicals announced the cash would be invested in two French industrial sites (Gonfreville and Carling) to upgrade and remodel them to improve their performance. This industrial project aims to improve Total Petrochemicals France's ability to ride out periods of unfavourable economic conditions.


  • 13 September 2006: Usine Nouvelle
  • 13 September 2006: La Tribune
  • 12 September 2006: Agence France Presse
  • 12 September 2006: Les Echos


Eurofound (2006), Total Petrochemicals France, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 64061, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64061.