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Ryanair slapped with fine in French labor dispute

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October 2, 2013 10:45 AM EST | AP


PARIS — PARIS (AP) — A lawyer for a group of Ryanair's French pilots says a court has ordered it to pay almost 8 million euros ($10.8 million) in damages and interest for breaking French labor law.

Claire Hocquet, a lawyer for the SNPL pilots union that brought the case, said the court in Aix-en-Provence found the airline broke the law by not paying French social security and pension contributions for employees of its Marseille hub between 2006 and 2010. She said it also fined the Irish airline 200,000 euros ($270,440)

The court rejected Ryanair's argument that because its pilots worked in Irish-registered jets, it should be permitted to pay these charges in Ireland rather than France.

Ryanair has already said it will appeal the ruling.