The plant is to be closed at the end of the year. With unemployment at 11 percent in Brazil, the workers have few prospects. Ford is shutting a plant in France as well. Come this summer, around 800 people will lose their jobs there.
Local factories must stay open as part of a proposed merger between the French and Italian automakers, insists France's finance minister. If accepted, the deal would create one of the world's biggest auto empires.
Noses are overrated: In June, a perfume created by a computer system will be launched on the Brazilian market. The artificial intelligence involved combined ingredients in a manner unthinkable to most humans.
Trump has used tariffs as a stick to threaten the US's trading partners into submission, as in his spat with Mexico. But if the US cuts immigration from its southern neighbors, who will do the jobs Americans don't want?
A military recruitment ad has urged Ford employees threatened by job cuts to "do something that really matters." The head of Ford's workers' council called the campaign "disrespectful," saying Ford had tried to stop it.
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