Méditerranée; Provence-Alpes-Côte d\'Azur; Vaucluse
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Wood And Paper Materials
Manufacture Of Paper And Paper Products
17 - Manufacture of paper and paper products

211 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
15 July 2009
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2009
Foreseen end date
30 September 2009


US cigarette paper Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc. has announced that Papeterie de Malaucène is slated to shut down in September. The 211 workers are asking the government to intervene to help find a buyer for the plant.

On 22 July, two managers of US cigarette paper manufacturer Schweitzer-Mauduit were held by workers for more than three hours over redundancy plans. The workers held two managers of US cigarette paper manufacturer Schweitzer-Mauduit for more than three hours in Malaucene in southeastern France, demanding they continue to negotiate over the closing of their plant, officials and witnesses said.

Union representatives at a string of French companies have recently barricaded their managers in their offices during negotiations over job losses and restructuring, releasing them only when concessions have been agreed.

The wave of incidents, which in some cases has seen managers locked in overnight but always released unharmed, has added a more menacing twist to France's often-tense industrial relations.


  • 27 July 2009: Les Echos
  • 21 July 2009: AFP


Eurofound (2009), Papeterie de Malaucène, Closure in France, factsheet number 69349, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/69349.