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French government to press Air France to take on Aigle Azur employees

French government to press Air France to take on Aigle Azur employees
FILE PHOTO: An Airbus A320-214 aircraft, operated by Aigle Azur, sits on the tarmac at Orly Airport near Paris, France, September 6, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo -
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PARIS (Reuters) – The French government will ask Air France to “take into account” the situation of bankrupt French budget airline Aigle Azur’s 1,150 employees, said a government minister on Monday.

“With the secretary of state for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, we will meet the Air France executives tomorrow and we’ll have the opportunity to ask them to take into account the situation of these employees, pilots included,” Elisabeth Borne, the government minister in charge of both the environment and transport sectors, told RTL radio.

Aigle Azur has ceased all activities since Friday after a commercial court rejected financial rescue offers. [nL5N26I4KQ]

“Air France needs to hire people so I have no doubt they will make offers to the pilots and flight crew of Aigle Azur”, added Borne.

The French state owns around 14.3% of Air France KLM.

(Reporting by Benoît Van Overstraeten; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Louise Heavens)

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