Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Alcatel-Lucent Plans to Cut over 300 Jobs in France

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Alcatel-Lucent Plans to Cut over 300 Jobs in France

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A company spokesman described the reductions as "part of a transformation process that is going on in France to place the business where it needs to be."

Alcatel-Lucent, the French maker of telephone network equipment, said Thursday that it planned to cut 3.4 percent of its work force in France by the end of the year as part of what it described as a periodic review of its personnel needs.

Simon Poulter, a spokesman for the company, which is based in Paris, said Alcatel-Lucent wanted to eliminate 336 jobs from a total of 10,000 in France by the end of the year. Mr. Poulter said some of the jobs might be eliminated through attrition.

The company employs about 78,000 workers worldwide.

In December, Alcatel-Lucent informed French labor union officials that it intended to eliminate 478 positions in France in 2012. Since then, the company has managed to transfer 142 employees to sites in other countries, Mr. Poulter said. Including those transfers, Alcatel Lucent plans to trim its work force by 4. …

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