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French Goodyear workers make a last ditch effort to save their jobs

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Protesting Goodyear workers chant slogans in front of the company's French headquarters in Rueil-Malmaison on March 7, 2013. Goodyear announced in January 2013 that it would close a factory in Amiens, northern France that employs 1,250 people by the end of 2014.

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French CRS riot police stand guard in front of tire maker Goodyear Dunlop France headquarters during a demonstration against job cuts in Rueil Malmaison, March 7, 2013.

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Protestors scuffle with French CRS riot police in front of Goodyear Dunlop France headquarters during a demonstration against job cuts in Rueil Malmaison, France, March 7, 2013.

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Goodyear employees scuffle with riot policemen during a demonstration against layoffs in front of Goodyear headquarters in Rueil Malmaison, west of Paris, March 7, 2013.

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A protesting Goodyear France worker faces riot police in the western Paris suburb of Rueil-Malmaison on March 7, 2013 during a board meeting.

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Riot policemen protect themselves during a demonstration Goodyear employees, at the Goodyear headquarters in Rueil Malmaison, March 7, 2013.

AP reports: Burning the very fruit of their labor, workers from Goodyear clashed with police outside the tire-maker's French headquarters Thursday in a last-ditch attempt to save their jobs.

Goodyear has been trying to restructure or close its plant in northern France for five years in the face of a shrinking European car market. The workers say Goodyear wants to shift the work to China, where tires can be made more cheaply and which is closer to booming markets. Full story

Riot police and demonstrators protesting the planned closure of a Gooodyear factory in France clashed outside the company's French headquarters. NBCNews.com's Alex Witt reports.