île de France; Seine-Saint-Denis;
Location of affected unit(s)
Villepinte (Seine-Saint-Denis)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Goods In Specialised Stores
47.75 - Retail sale of cosmetic and toilet articles in specialised stores

127 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 October 2013
Employment effect (start)
1 November 2013
Foreseen end date
31 December 2013


Cosmetics company Avon is to cease its activities in France by the end of October with the consequent loss of 127 job jobs.

The measure will affect all contracted workers in Villepinte (Seine-Saint-Denis). Additionally, it impacts about 11,000 non-contracted vendors that distributed Avon products on a local basis. The latter workers are not to be included in the social plan.

The company is to be liquidated in the next weeks. According management, it made deficits each year since 2000.

Worker representatives have criticized the company’s decision, also claiming that it had not followed the regular procedure for redundancies. The management will meet unions in further negotiations over the closure.

Avon group is based in the US and operates in over 140 countries.


  • 22 October 2013: Le Figaro
  • 14 October 2013: BBC
  • 19 October 2013: Le Républicain Lorrain


Eurofound (2013), Avon, Closure in France, factsheet number 76030, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/76030.