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23 Mar 2015

Dominique Vidalon, Reuters

French builder Vinci faces claim of forced labor in Qatar

French construction group Vinci faces a claim from a campaign group over alleged forced labor involving migrant workers on building projects tied to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.  "Vinci absolutely denies the claims made by Sherpa. The group respects local labor laws and fundamental rights in Qatar as well as in all the countries where it operates," a Vinci spokesman said by telephone. The Sherpa NGO said in a statement it had a submitted a claim in a French court against Vinci Construction Grand Projects and the managers of the Qatari unit QDVC for "forced labor" and "keeping someone in servitude".

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Sherpa dépose plainte en France contre Vinci pour travail forcé au Qatar ; Vinci dément et porte plainte en diffamation

French builder Vinci accused of forced labour in Qatar; company denies claims

Vinci lawsuit (re forced labour in Qatar)