Germany ordered to compensate FrenchWWII forced labourer

18th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

DRAUGIGNAN, France, June 18 (AFP) - A labour adjudication board on Friday told the German government to pay EUR 276,000 (USD 333,000) to a Frenchman who spent two years in Germany under a forced labour scheme in World War II.

DRAUGIGNAN, France, June 18 (AFP) - A labour adjudication board on Friday told the German government to pay EUR 276,000 (USD 333,000) to a Frenchman who spent two years in Germany under a forced labour scheme in World War II.

Louis Rouge, an 82 year-old pensioner from Brignoles in southern France, demanded back-pay to cover the 15 hours he worked every day from June 1943 to May 1945 as part of the Compulsory Work Service (STO).

Hundreds of thousands of Frenchmen were sent to Nazi Germany from 1942 to provide labour in private companies under an agreement signed with the collaborationist Vichy government.

However a spokesman for the German embassy said that it would appeal against Friday's decision, adding that similar verdicts have been regularly overturned in the past by the high court of appeal. It has ruled that the modern German state is immune from such legal claims.

After the war Germany and France signed treaties to cover the reimbursement of forced labourers.

© AFP

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