PARIS (Reuters) - Renault
Renault wants unions to accept measures including about 8,000 job cuts over three years and moving workers between sites.
Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg, who is attempting to stem a wave of layoffs and plant closures as jobless claims in France reach 15-year highs, said in a broadcast interview that both sides had made concessions.
"I think it's on the way," Montebourg said when asked if an agreement was likely, adding he thought a deal could come "in the coming days".
Regarding France's other car maker, PSA Peugeot Citroen
Peugeot has a one-year-old alliance with General Motors
Montebourg reiterated the government's line that it has no plans to acquire a stake in Peugeot, which suffered a biggest-ever loss last year.
The minister backed an idea floated by Environment Minister Delphine Batho to offer incentives to owners of older diesel cars to buy less-polluting models.
But he ruled out a return to a general scrappage bonus, calling it "a drug" for car makers, and also opposed raising fuel taxes on diesel fuel to bring them into line with gasoline, a move proposed by the government's auditor this week.
(Reporting by Gus Trompiz; Editing by David Cowell)