PARIS Dec 6 Steel maker ArcelorMittal
has withdrawn its application for a European Union pilot project
the French government hoped could keep two blast furnaces going
at the group's Florange site in north France.
"We have been informed in a letter from ArcelorMittal that
the group has decided to withdraw its bid for Florange due to
technical difficulties," a European Commission spokesman said.
The bid to use Florange for the Ulcos environmentally
friendly steel project was central to a deal between the French
government and ArcelorMittal to secure investment in the site
and save jobs threatened by the closure of the furnaces.