Report says Sanofi to eliminate 1000 to 2000 jobs in France

According to a report in Le Figaro citing unnamed sources, Sanofi plans to cut 1000 to 2000 jobs in France, targeting the areas of research, the manufacturing operations of the company’s Pasteur vaccines unit, and certain support operations at Sanofi’s headquarters. A spokesperson for Sanofi declined to comment on the speculation, but confirmed that a meeting with the company’s works council was scheduled for July 5, when employment perspectives in France would be discussed.

Sanofi had already cut 4000 jobs in the country between 2009 and 2011, according to Le Figaro. Most recently, in November 2011, the company announced plans to reorganise some of its research operations in the US. Earlier in 2011, the drugmaker announced plans to eliminate up to 700 EU positions, and in December 2010 said 575 jobs would be cut from its French commercial operations.

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