Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Lannion, Saclay
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Computer, Electronic And Optical Products
26 - Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products

597 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
2 October 2017
Employment effect (start)
1 December 2017
Foreseen end date
1 January 2019


The Finnish telecoms giant Nokia has confirmed on 2 October, after a meeting with the government and representative bodies, its plan to cut 597 jobs in France (about 10% of the workforce) to make cost-savings and refocus its loss-making businesses. A first announcement was made on 2 September, but the government asked the company to suspend its restructuring, as Nokia took the commitment, in 2015, when it bought Alcatel-Lucent, to increase its  R&D workforce in France by 500.

After the meeting on 2 October, the management of Nokia confirmed the reorganisation and the number of job cuts that will be focused on administrative and support services and will not affect research and development as it refocuses on high-speed 5G telecom networks, cybersecurity and internet-linked appliances. In a press release Nokia confirms "the goal of 2,500 R&D engineers by the end of 2018", recalling at the same time that a "program of recruitment of 500 engineers is in an acceleration phase".


  • 2 October 2017: Les Echos
  • 19 September 2017: Reuters


Eurofound (2017), Alcatel-Lucent, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 92238, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/92238.