Episode 2/5 : “Reinventing Industry”
One of the major themes in the 2022 presidential has been
the deindustrialisation of France. The car, metallurgy and textile industries alone have lost half of their workforce in the last 40 years. Less and less is being
manufactured on French territory. In this episode, we went to the Decazeville basin (south of France) where the loss of its contract with Renault has seen the Aveyronnaise
Metallurgy Company (SAM) going out of business. We talk to some of its former employees who are occupying the factory, such as David Gistau who is facing the same fate as his steelworker father, and his grandfather who was a miner.
There is better news 150km away, where Julien and Myriam Tuffery have taken over and reinvigorated the family clothes business which has been going since 1892. With 25 employees and a growing turnover, they appear to have hit upon a sustainable and modern business model that is still able to preserve a tradition.
Translator & narrator: Barney Spender
Editor: Camille Kauffmann
Studio assistant: Antoine Boyer
Creator in French: Sarah-Lou Lepers
Original music: Clémence Reliat et Nicolas Vair
Engineer: Christophe Robert
Illustrator: Julie Pereira
Marketing and communication: Laurent Nicolas, Coline Sallois
Editor: Guy Jackson
Editor-in-chief: Michaëla Cancela-Kieffer