French court fines Ex-Marks and Spencer boss

11th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, October 10 (AFP) - The former head of British retailer Marks and Spencer was fined EUR 3,750 by a court here Monday for breaching labour law when he pulled the company out of France four years ago.

PARIS, October 10 (AFP) - The former head of British retailer Marks and Spencer was fined EUR 3,750 by a court here Monday for breaching labour law when he pulled the company out of France four years ago.

Luc Vandevelde was convicted for not convening a formal session of the store's works committee before announcing the closures in March 2001.

The court rejected Vandevelde's argument that under British law he was obliged to inform the stock exchange authorities in London before communicating the decision to staff.

Marks and Spencer's closure of its French outlets led to a protracted labour dispute, after workers complained they were told of the news via an email from head office in London.

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