PARIS -- French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire will hold talks with Robert Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner next week to address concerns about the future of the company's diesel injectors factory in the southern city of Rodez.
The meeting, scheduled for Monday, comes as the French automotive industry and its suppliers contend with a drop demand for diesel vehicles.
The Rodez plant, which employs about 1,600 people, is heavily exposed to the diesel downturn.
"I'll make him (Denner) two requests: the first is that he makes a new investment on one of the two production lines ... the second thing I'd like to obtain from him is a diversification of the activity," Le Maire said on the Europe 1 radio station.
Sales of diesel cars have been undermined by the Volkswagen 2015 emissions scandal, driving a shift in consumers' focus from fuel efficiency to cleaner vehicles.
The share of new diesel cars fell below 50 percent in France last year for the first time since 2000. Diesel registrations fell 5 percent for the year to 47 percent of all new sales, down from 52 percent in 2016, and were down 10 percent in December. Diesel models made up three quarters of all French sales five years ago.
"We can see that the diesel sector is in the midst of a revolution, it's 12,000 direct jobs in France, it's huge," said Le Maire, adding that he would also seek support from French automakers Renault and PSA Group.
Renault did not immediately reply to a request seeking comment. A spokesman for PSA said the group did not source injectors from the Bosch factory in Rodez.
Bosch ranks No. 1 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide sales to automakers of $46.5 billion in 2016.