Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Information / Communication
Publishing Of Information; Production And Programming Of Audiovisual
Programming And Broadcasting Activities
60 - Programming and broadcasting activities

206 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 January 2009
Employment effect (start)
1 October 2009
Foreseen end date
31 December 2009


Radio France has announced in January 2009 that Radio France International (RFI) will cut 206 jobs between October and December 2009 in the world.

The CEO said that certain areas covered by RFI merit this redeployment, particularly those where vernacular languages like Hausa and Swahili are in use. On the other hand, RFI, through its broadcasts in Arabic, now collaborates much more intensively with France 24 and TV5 Monde.

In July 2009, the Superior Court in Paris dismissed the request of the works council of Radio France Internationale (RFI), demanding the cancellation of the job cut plan. Staff representatives will appeal the decision, while the management plans to pursue the procedure as of early September.

The strike, started by RFI employees on 12 May, was suspended for the summer period. For example, the members of the Serbo-Croat editorial staff at Radio France Internationale (RFI) are protesting against the discontinuation of their daily programmes from 20 July 2009.


  • 4 August 2009: Evene - Actualit├ęs Culturelles
  • 27 July 2009: AFP (www.google.com)


Eurofound (2009), Radio France International (RFI), Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 69353, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/69353.