Caught in the spiral of globalisation


In 1883, the traveling engineer Conrad Claeys is sent by the Company of Fives-Lille to Argentina. The company builds trains, bridges, and sugar refineries throughout the world. At the end of the 19thcentury, globalisation of the economy is underway and Conrad Claeys is one of its pioneers.

A century and a half later, the phenomenon has become routine; French engineers still traverse the globe for the same company: like Conrad Claeys, Lionel Goiset must set up a new factory, no longer in Argentina, but in China. The international standing of this company of the North of France has long been a source of pride for its workers.

During the 1950s, Fives-Lille employed over 5,000 people at its vast factory premises in Lille. Then globalisation became synonymous with relocation and factory closures. French industry was forced to adapt…

What is left in today’s globalised world?

Caught in the spiral of globalisation

Caught in the spiral of globalisation


Year : 2014
Author-director : Caroline Béhague
Co-Author : Christian Lamarche
Duration : 52 minutes
Distribution : France TV distribution - Béliane

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Commentary: Angélique Catel

Image: Hernan Ameijeiras, Guillaume Brault, Christèle Jaime, Jérôme Kempa and Clément Rouzé

Sound: Aurélie Valentin, Emilien Vanrenterghem et Pascal Lesaulnier

Editing: Georges Tillard

Music: Sébastien Beaumont

In coproduction with Wéo – Télés Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Pictanovo with the support of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region.

With the participation of France Télévisions.

With the support of the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, the Procirep – Society of Cinema and Television Producers and the Angoa.

Selected for the International Festival of News Reporting and Documentaries on Society FIGRA 2015 – Regional documentaries