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France — Friends in high places and illegal workers

28 January 2010

The satirical and highly influential magazine 'Le Canard Enchaine' accuses a State Prosecutor and a Senior Police Officer of protecting a French company, which employs 500 illegal immigrants with no official papers.

The police raided cleaning company Seni on 12 January 2010 and took three managers into police custody. However, the prosecutor of Paris suburb Creteil ordered to release the managers immediately thereafter in order to give himself more time to study the case.

Seni is part of Groupe Samsic, a large corporate services provider which offers anything from temporary employment to cleaning services and employs 55,000 employees in 230 locations across Europe.

By 27 January 2010 the State Prosecutor had still not initiated any legal action against Seni because of two reasons, 'Le Canard Enchaine' claims.
One reason is that Seni employs 2,000 people and the Prosecutor felt that these jobs might be on the line if the firm were prosecuted.

The other more sinister reason is that the parent company Samsic appears to be well connected in the French Republic with clients such as the President's office (Elysee), the Prime Minister's office (Matignon), the French Upper House of Parliament (Senat), the Ministry of Defence and the Border Police of Roissy Airport, whose job it is to keep illegal immigrants out of the country.



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