Renault, the French car-maker that last week sacked three executives embroiled in an industrial espionage scandal, said on Jan. 21 that it planned to hire 4,700 new employees by 2013 in France.
The total includes 2,000 who will get permanent contracts and 2,700 young people on apprenticeship contracts.
Renault, which currently employs 55,000 people in France, last year announced a plan to offer early retirement to around 3,000 workers who have spent most of their career with the company doing arduous tasks.
The firm last week launched legal action for industrial espionage after it suspended three top managers whom it reportedly suspected of leaking secrets about its new electric cars.
Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011