Easyjet faces French fine threat

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French prosecutors are seeking for EasyJet to be fined EUR 225,000 for unlawfully employing workers on British contracts in Paris.

Paris – French prosecutors on Friday called for low-cost airline EasyJet to be fined EUR  225,000 for breaking French labour laws by unlawfully employing workers on British contracts in Paris.

This is "a punishment that EasyJet can easily cope with," prosecutor Bernard Thouvenot said on the first day of the trial, pointing out that the popular British airline had made a profit of EUR 80 million in 2009.

The court is due to give its verdict on 9 April.

Easyjet is in trouble for having allegedly employed some 170 workers at its main Paris Orly airport hub on British contracts instead of French ones between 2003 and 2006. The company is said to have saved more than EUR 10 million.

"Easyjet did not go and look for some exotic legislation. EasyJet is a British company that is based in Britain," said defence lawyer Frederique Baulieu, adding: "We have to stop this talk about social dumping!"

EasyJet says it has now been applying French labour law since 2007.

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