US firm told to translate documents into French
PARIS, March 2, 2006 (AFP) - A French subsidiary of the US conglomerate General Electric was found guilty Monday of breaching the country's language laws for producing English-only versions of health and safety guidelines.
Confirming a lower court ruling, the appeal court in Versailles west of Paris ordered GE Medical Systems to pay 580,000 euros (690,000 dollars) to the company’s works committee and to the General Labour Conferation (VCGT) trade union, which brought the case to justice.
The company was also fined 20,000 euros for every computer and print document that has not been translated in three months’ time.
The case was brought under a 1994 law intended to defend the role of the French language in public life.
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