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Ryanair boss O'Leary says airline may quit Marseille over court case

Un avion de la compagnie Ryanair sur le tarmac de l'aéroport de Marignane, à Marseille.
Un avion de la compagnie Ryanair sur le tarmac de l'aéroport de Marignane, à Marseille. Photo: Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Michael O’Leary, the boss of Ryanair, has said the low-cost airline may pull out of its Marseille base because of a case filed by French prosecutors for illegal working practices. In a letter published in the French press on Saturday O’Leary said his company would announce alternative plans which could mean relocating outside of France.

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In a “confidential” letter dated 4 October O’Leary told Le Parisien that Ryanair may leave its Mediterranean hub.

This comes a week after Marseille prosecutors charged the company with illegal working practices over the status of its 120 employees in France, who were declared as working in Ireland.

Earlier this year O’Leary threatened to quit Marseille if the case went ahead. He said in May that they were conforming to European law by paying their employees’ taxes, social security and pension payments in Ireland.

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