Workers have gathered outside the Renault plant in the suburbs of Paris after the company revealed plans to lay off 15,000 employees worldwide, with around a third of the cuts in France, as part of its €2 billion cost-saving plan.

The rally was held outside one of the company’s plants in Choisy-le-Roi on Friday. It comes just one day after people burned tires outside a Nissan facility in Barcelona to protest the plant’s closure. The two automakers are part of a longstanding alliance which also includes Mitsubishi Motors.

Earlier in the day, the French carmaker presented a draft restructuring plan containing measures including job cuts and lowering production capacity by almost a fifth. The cutbacks are intended to save Renault €2 billion over three years as it struggles to cope with the major crisis facing the automotive industry. The measures will affect just under 10 percent of the company’s global workforce – nearly 4,600 posts will be reduced in France, with more than 10,000 additional positions eliminated elsewhere.

“In a context of uncertainty and complexity, this project is vital to guarantee a solid and sustainable performance, with customer satisfaction as a priority,” Clotilde Delbos, Renault’s interim chief executive officer, said in a statement. (RT)