Twitter met a Thursday deadline to respond to France’s communications regulator on whether the company could meet its legal obligations, a spokesman for the regulator said.

Arcom sent a letter to Twitter on Monday asking whether it could meet its legal obligation to ensure transparent information despite the company’s sharp job cuts.

“Twitter has responded to our letter,” the Arcom spokesperson said. “We will analyze their response. The dialogue continues.”

It was reported a few days ago that the head of Twitter’s French operations, Damien Viel, said he was leaving the social media platform, whose new owner Elon Musk recently fired top executives and imposed steep job cuts at the company.

“It’s all over,” Wiel tweeted on Sunday, thanking his France team, which he has led for the past seven years.

Viel confirmed he was leaving Twitter in a separate message to Reuters.

He did not elaborate on the circumstances of his departure and declined to say how many people Twitter had hired in France before or after Musk’s takeover of the company last month.

Labor law in France does not allow companies to fire permanent employees overnight. French-based companies must formally notify the employees they intend to lay off in advance of their plans, usually by letter with return receipt requested.

They must also observe certain notice periods depending on the nature of the dismissal and the seniority of the staff.

For layoffs affecting multiple employees within 30 days, companies must also follow certain procedures that include informing staff, staff representatives and the Ministry of Labour.

This means that the whole process takes at least a few weeks and up to a few months.

A Twitter spokesman in France did not respond to messages seeking comment after Musk’s takeover in October.

© Thomson Reuters 2022


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