|The Toyota Yaris is made in France|
In France car making has needed to rationalise to survive. To prop up a business with discounting in order to keep up volume looks good on paper. However, when the bottom line is being eroded or into red ink territory then something has to be done. That means building cars people want, then sticking to a price that makes money.
In France due to all sorts of pressures, the tough decisions were not being made. It seems they are now. In the interim that means a 13% drop in production in France in 2013 for example. While that looks bad, it actually means that the platform is now being laid to preserve the industry as a viable concern.
Renault were into making improvements before PSA, hence a smaller decrease. They have also benefited much from their partnership with Nissan. Renault also make more cars outside of France, which is more balanced as France isn't a cost effective place to build cars anyway. That is an area still with work to be done.
Data source: Thanks to the CCFA.