LONDON (AFX) - Low-cost airline EasyJet is being investigated over allegations of infringing French employment legislation, a source in the public prosecutor's office said.
Yesterday, tax and labour inspectors raided the Paris offices of easyJet to check for possible breaches of the law.
The operation 'was aimed at establishing the judicial status of easyJet's operating base in Orly,' the site of Paris's second international airport, 'in relation to French labour laws,' a transport inspection official said.
Under a government decree adopted in November, low-cost airlines with bases in France must comply with French labour laws.
Two companies are currently concerned by the ruling -- easyJet and the Irish carrier Ryanair.
Contacted by AFP, an easyJet spokesman said Thursday that the company 'abides by European employment law'.
'EasyJet flight personnel are under British contracts, because the company is British, registered in Britain, and their place of work is the aircraft.'
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