CASE CLOSED, DEUX PART: The Paris appeals court docket upheld a December ruling that validated a settlement reached with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which paid €10 million to settle allegations that Bernard Squarcini, France’s former inner intelligence chief turned marketing consultant, spied on for the corporate.
LVMH was the topic of claims by filmmaker, journalist and politician François Ruffin that he was the topic of surveillance by Squarcini on the request of LVMH throughout the filming of “Merci Patron” (or “Thanks Boss”, in English). That “Roger & Me”-style documentary chronicles the struggles of a pair who lose their jobs at a Kenzo go well with manufacturing facility when manufacturing strikes to Japanese Europe. In it, Ruffin criticizes LVMH boss Bernard Arnault for his plight. The movie gained the César Award for Greatest Documentary in 2017.
Ruffin filed an enchantment of the court docket ruling, and he and the Fakir media firm got here ahead with claims that the judges had been improper. Related to Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s leftist La France Insoumise get together, Ruffin had recruited one other French congressman to testify for him at a listening to on Might 6.
On Tuesday, nonetheless, the appeals court docket dismissed Ruffin’s efforts after a quick session, declaring “the appeals filed and the precedence problems with constitutionality raised inadmissible,” in line with a court docket assertion.
Arnault has by no means expressed an opinion on the movie, though he dryly famous at a 2016 shareholders assembly that the corporate “has been the goal of criticism from far-left events for greater than 20 years. It is fairly wonderful; I’ve typically puzzled why. I feel the reply is sort of easy: the LVMH Group is the embodiment of, not less than to those far-left observers, the worst that liberal economics has produced.
“We now have all the issues. First, we’re a big CAC 40 firm, that may be very detrimental. As well as, we now have good outcomes and that makes it worse. Third, we rent employees, together with in France and long-term, and that is appalling,” he continued. “That may be very dangerous, in line with them. And at last, we illustrated the advantages of globalization for France, that’s the absolute disaster… and that’s the reason, in my view, we now have been the thing of one of these criticism.”
In keeping with Wikipedia, Ruffin is in favor of the financial doctrine of degrowth.
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