French prosecutors who accuse Ryanair of employing French-based staff on Irish contracts said on Friday the low-cost airline should be fined the market value of four aircraft if it is found guilty of breaking employment laws.
They say the airline infringed French employment rules in its contracts with 127 staff at Marseille airport in southern France between 2007 and 2010, and say it was a ruse to avoid paying its fair share of social security and tax.
A Ryanair spokesman said the airline does not comment on pending legal matters.
The prosecutors asked a court in the southern French town of Aix-en-Provence to fine the Irish carrier the price of four Boeing 737 jets. They said those were the aircraft it operated from the airport at the time.
The payment would be in addition to a fine of up to EUR€225,000 (USD$293,700) if Ryanair were found guilty.
The list price for Boeing 737s ranges from USD$74.8 million to USD$107.3 million depending on the model. Source: Reuters
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