Thursday, July 12, 2012

America Taxpayers Subsidized French automaker Peugeot (who just laid off 8,000 French workers)

The folks I know drive Japanese cars, German cars, Korean cars and even American cars (as well as other vehicles) but I've never known anybody who drove a Peugeot. Apparently, Peugeot is in big trouble.

France: Peugeot cuts 8,000 jobs, closes factories
As the market expected, French automobile manufacturer Peugeot-Citroen announced on Thursday morning they were cutting 8,000 posts in France.
While this could be just another story about failed French state subsidized socialism, it's a whole lot more intriguing because once GM was larded up with gobs of US taxpayer cash, it went on a shopping spree and invested in Peugeot.  Hot Air had great fun reporting the story.

Great news: Le Bailoutte de Peugeot avec Le US Taxpayer Francs
Americans sunk tens of billions of dollars into General Motors in 2008 and 2009, money which they won’t see any time soon, if at all. The Obama administration strongarmed senior creditors in an unprecedented politically-engineered bankruptcy to get taxpayers to eat the costs of old pension obligations and boost the UAW. All of this was done in the name of making GM a stronger company so that they could eventually pay back the bailout and make better decisions in the future.

So how did that work out? About as well as you’d imagine. As soon as GM had some cash, it decided to invest it — in another car company whose bonds had achieved le junk status:

Attention U.S. taxpayers: You now own a piece of a French car company that is drowning in red ink.

That’s right. In a move little noticed outside of the business pages, General Motors last week bought more than $400 million in shares of PSA Peugeot Citroen – a 7 percent stake in the company. …

Peugeot can undoubtedly use the cash. Last year, Peugeot’s auto making division lost $123 million. And on March 1 – just a day after the deal with GM was announced – Moody’s downgraded Peugeot’s credit rating to junk status with a negative outlook, citing “severe deterioration” of its finances.

In other words, General Motors essentially just dumped more than $400 million of taxpayer assets on junk bonds.

Oh, goody! Just what we US taxpayers need — another car company “drowning in red ink.” But there is some sort of secret synergy that the taxpayers who currently float GM must be missing … right? Right?....

ABC’s Jonathan Karl notes that while GM bought a big stake in Peugeot, the Peugeot family had an opportunity to buy a stake in GM. They passed on that “opportunity,” which just proves that the Peugeot family is smarter than GM.

Oh well, it's only hard earned American taxpayer cash bailing a defunct French automaker and the American way of showing solidarity with a hearty VIVE LA FRANCE! For Obama and the bailout Dems, it's always about liberté, égalité, fraternité.


  1. The article described what is QE3? nice, Due to selling of bonds Asia will get more money but the core commodities' price will increase and the expenses will shoot up to run the life in Asia.

  2. I though QE 3 was the buying of junk real estate portfolios by the Fed. I'm not sure how any of this is going to end but my instincts tell me it will end badly for all of us.


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