Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Sophia Antipolis, Toulouse, Aix-en-Provence
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Computer, Electronic And Optical Products
26 - Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products

750 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 July 2016
Employment effect (start)
1 August 2016
Foreseen end date
31 December 2017


US-based IT group Intel announced in April 2016 that it would cut its international work force by 11%, a total of 12,000 jobs. In June of the same year, the management announced that the company expect to cut about 80% of its French workers, and almost 750 employees will be dismissed. The plan has been confirmed in July. Employees and unions have taken contact with the ministry of Labour and local government to put pressure on Intel with the aim to reduce the number of job cuts. According to the management, Intel's results for the second quarter of 2016 showed that its net profit fell by 51%. Intel expects to close 5 R&D sites in South France will be affected: Aix-en-Provence (about 35 job cuts), Sophia Antipolis (200 job cuts), Toulouse (280 job cuts), Montpellier (36 job cuts). But job cuts are also expected in the West, in Rennes. A representative from the CFE-CGC union has explained that the government subsidies and research tax credit put France in a position to offer the lowest salary in the Western world for engineers. However, the union has highlighted that the group is moving its R&D facilities and how-know to other countries.  Unions wish to open a social dialogue to reduce the number of job cuts even through reduction of pay-roll.


  • 29 June 2016: Usine Nouvelle
  • 22 July 2016: Le Monde


Eurofound (2016), Intel Corporation, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 88299, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/88299.