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Ryanair stoppar 13 flygrutter - i protest - Resor - Resor Resetips Reseguider Tips om din nästa resa. Ryanair pulls staff and planes out of Marseille in row over contracts. Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, the unflinching king of cost-cutting, may finally have met his match in the strictness of French employment law.

Ryanair pulls staff and planes out of Marseille in row over contracts

The Irish low-cost airline will close its only French base in Marseille this week in the latest round of a bitter war with French authorities. O'Leary has been engaged in a stand-off with France since pilots' unions and the state took legal action against him for employing Marseille-based crew on Irish contracts rather than paying higher social security and tax in France. It is the first time Ryanair, Europe's biggest low-cost airline, has faced legal action of this kind. A furious O'Leary, fearing large fines, said he would remove his staff and from Tuesday, Ryanair will no longer have its Mediterranean hub in the French port.

Its aircraft and 200 jobs will be moved to rival airports in Spain, Italy and Lithuania in protest at what O'Leary called the "ill-judged" ways of France. Smitten kitchen. Monty python. Ernesto cortazar. Just Four You - Ernesto Cortazar. Clay's Humorous Quote Bag. Giving money and power to Government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. -- P.J.

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O'Rourke Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Charles Limb: Your brain on improv. DOJ subpoenas Twitter records of several WikiLeaks volunteers - Glenn Greenwald. (updated below – Update II – Update III) Last night, Birgitta Jónsdóttir — a former WikiLeaks volunteer and current member of the Icelandic Parliament — announced (on Twitter) that she had been notified by Twitter that the DOJ had served a Subpoena demanding information “about all my tweets and more since November 1st 2009.”

DOJ subpoenas Twitter records of several WikiLeaks volunteers - Glenn Greenwald

Several news outlets, including The Guardian, wrote about Jónsdóttir’s announcement.