Mobile phone giant Orange is to axe between 1,800 and 2,000 jobs under a review of its operational costs, it was announced today.
The company said its costs base needed to be lower and 15% "leaner", resulting in significant annual savings.
The cuts will be achieved mainly through redeployment, non-renewal of temporary contracts and "as a last resort" redundancies.
Chief executive Bernard Ghillebaert said the company was working closely with employees affected by the announcement, who will be treated with "respect and dignity consistent with our values".
He said: "Specifics will be worked out over the next few months and a final structure in place by September, but the new Orange must be lean and agile and our cost base needs to be lower.
"Specifically, we will be 15% leaner, resulting in significant annual savings and a streamlined, more efficient organisation."
Orange said it was reviewing its costs to adapt to customer needs in an increasingly competitive environment.
France Telecom, which owns Orange, warned earlier this year that it planned to axe 17,000 jobs worldwide by the end of 2008 to reduce costs.
The state-owned giant took full control of Orange two years ago.