Quake hits car employees
FRENCH automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen has laid off several thousand workers temporarily after the massive earthquake in Japan hit component supplies, union and management said. Union sources said some 5000 workers were affected at different company sites in France, with another 5000 subcontractors also hit. The stoppage should be relatively short, management said. ‘‘ The situation ought to be back to normal within a week,’’ a company spokesman said. The huge March 11 earthquake and tsunami halted much of Japan’s production.