French Socialists risk meltdown in stricken steel belt

Five years after steel giant ArcelorMittal snuffed out the last two blast furnaces in a crucible of France's heavy industry, the workers who fought to save their beloved 'cathedrals', as they call them, are still seethingTowering above the Moselle valley in northeast France are two rusting testaments to the dashed hopes of Francois Hollande’s presidency that loom large over the election of his successor next year. Five years after steel giant ArcelorMittal snuffed out the last two blast furnaces in a crucible of France’s heavy industry, the workers who fought to save their beloved “cathedrals”, as they call them, are still seething. Lakshmi Mittal, the Indian billionaire owner of the sprawling steelworks that runs between the towns of Florange and Hayange, is the target of much of their ire.

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