Ryanair pulls staff and planes out of Marseille in row over contracts (theguardian.com)

March 30, 2015

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, the unflinching king of cost-cutting, may finally have met his match in the strictness of French employment law. The Irish low-cost airline will close its only French base in Marseille this week in the latest round of a bitter war with French authorities.

O’Leary has been engaged in a stand-off with France since pilots’ unions and the state took legal action against him for employing Marseille-based crew on Irish contracts rather than paying higher social security and tax in France. It is the first time Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low-cost airline, has faced legal action of this kind.

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