Chirac seeks to refer HP to EU over job cuts-source
Tue Sep 20, 2005 12:36 PM ET
PARIS, Sept 20 (Reuters) - President Jacques Chirac has asked the
French government to refer Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ.N: Quote, Profile,
Research) plan to cut jobs in France to the European Commission, a
source close to the president said on Tuesday. "On the question of the
announcement of the reduction in (the number of) workers at the
Hewlett-Packard group, he asked the government to pursue all the
efforts underway to respond," the source said.
"Given the impact of this plan throughout Europe, he asked the
government to refer it to the European Commission," the source added.

Hewlett-Packard plans to cut 1,240 jobs in France by 2008. The U.S.
computer giant is also planning to cut jobs in other European

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