Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary has made good on his promise and cut all operations in Marseille – its only base in France. O’Leary has been in a long run battle with the French authorities over contract law. All Ryanair staff based in Marseille were employed on Irish contract, to take advantage of lower social security and tax. French authorities and pilots’ unions took legal action against Ryanair over the matter. At the time the suit was launched, O’Leary said he was abiding by European law because his workers were mobile and worked on “Irish registered aircraft defined as Irish territory”.

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