ArcelorMittal has announced that it has created 700 new jobs at sites in France where it already employs 20,000 people over 50 sites.

The largest steel company in the world claims that all the jobs are new and cover a wide range of roles.

According to ArcelorMittal, France plays a central role in the company’s strategy at both a European and a global level.

Advanced steels for the automotive industry are manufactured in France and it is also a ‘leading production centre’ for steel used by the energy sector.

At Maizières, the company has its largest global research and development centre.

Since 2006, ArcelorMittal has invested EUR2 billion in the production of high quality steels in France, including a EUR105 million investment at its Florange site, which employs 2,200 people. By 2017 a total of EUR180 million will be invested at Florange.

In Dunkirk, the company has announced a EUR92 million renovation of blast furnaces and at Saint-Chèly d’Apcher in Lozère a EUR90 million investment on the production of electrical steels.