Lactalis, the world’s second largest dairy processing company, does it really need public subsidies to modernize one of its factories? The Pays de la Loire region granted it 840,000 euros to support the project to create a new unit for the production of powdered milk in Mayenne, with the result … two jobs created!
Since then, the opposition to the regional council has not been angry:
We help a company because it creates a lot of jobs or leads an exemplary project in terms of innovation or for ecological transition. There, it is 840,000 euros for two jobs. 420,000 per job. And this project, which is a normal investment, is not exemplary from an environmental or ecological point of view.
thunders Christophe Clergeau, the president of the socialist group, environmentalist, radical, republican of the Pays de la Loire.
The Mayenne group, held by the Besnier family, has a bad reputation, has repeatedly condemned non-compliance with the environmental code and fraud on milk, but also suspected of tax fraud. A group that made over $ 300 million in profits last year. But on the side of the executive of the region, we assume, with more or less success, through the voice of Vice-President Lydie Bernard who is also president of the Food Commission :
I tell you that this project is innovative, in a line of nutrition-health and environmental services. On the other hand, in terms of employment, we are not effectively creating 200 jobs, that I confirm, but, in today’s context, if we can already keep all our jobs, our region will be successful.
Gift certificate for some, support for an innovative investment for others. The controversy began a few months before the regional elections.
Last Friday in the Standing Committee of the Pays de la Loire Region, we denounced a subsidy of 840,000 …