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France: Public prosecutor closes case against Vinci for allegations of forced labor in Qatar; NGO Sherpa seeks to refer case to an investigating judge

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9 February 2018

No further action in the SHERPA case

Author: VINCI

The French public prosecutor of Nanterre has decided to take no further action regarding the complaint made by the association SHERPA against VINCI concerning the latter’s activities in Qatar.

As VINCI has stated all along, it endeavours not only to observe local employment law and fundamental rights, but also to make constant improvements to the working and living conditions of its employees, whether in Qatar or anywhere else in the world... As also stated previously in this case, it has opened up its sites to the unions, to staff representatives, to international NGOs and to journalists on a number of occasions.

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9 February 2018

VINCI: Sherpa will file a complaint with a claim for criminal indemnification following the closing of the case by the public prosecutor

Author: Sherpa

On March 23, 2015, Sherpa filed a complaint for forced labor and servitude on construction sites in Qatar, notably for the World Cup, against Vinci Construction Grands Projets and the French directors of its subsidiary, Qatari QDVC. A preliminary investigation was launched in April 2015 by the Nanterre public prosecutor.

On January 31, 2018, the Public Prosecutor decided to close the preliminary investigation.

“This decision is not a surprise. We will continue our work to bring light on the workers’ situation in Qatar. We will take action and file a complaint with a claim for criminal indemnification so the case can be referred to an investigating judge” said Sandra Cossart, Sherpa’s director.

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