France's minister of industry and growth, Arnaud Montebourg, on Wednesday accused the head of a US tyre company of being “extremist” and “insulting” for his derision of French working practices and the country’s manufacturing sector. ...

He concluded: “Rest assured, you can count on me to monitor … with redoubled vigilance the import of your tyres to France.”

“The relevant authorities will pay particular attention to their compliance with our high environmental and technical standards, as well as the human conditions in which they are made.”