Tax raid on easyJet's Paris headquarters

15th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 14, 2006 (AFP) - French tax and labour inspectors on Thursday carried out a surprise raid at the Paris offices of British no-frills airline easyJet to check for possible breaches of French labour law, officials said.

PARIS, Dec 14, 2006 (AFP) - French tax and labour inspectors on Thursday carried out a surprise raid at the Paris offices of British no-frills airline easyJet to check for possible breaches of French labour law, officials said.

The operation "was aimed at establishing the judicial status of easyJet's operating base in Orly," the site of Paris's second international airport, "in relation to French labour laws," a transport inspection official said.

Under a government decree adopted in November, low-cost airlines with bases in France have to comply with French labour laws.

Two companies are currently concerned by the ruling — easyJet and the Irish carrier Ryanair.

Contacted by AFP, an easyJet spokesman said the company "abides by European employment law".

"EasyJet flight personnel are under British contracts, because the company is British, registered in Britain, and their place of work is the aircraft."

"All the suppliers working on the ground at Orly are subcontractors" who fall under French labour law, he said.

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