LONDON Jan 25 G4S, the world's biggest
security firm, has won a multi-million euro contract with the
French government to provide equipment for the electronic
tagging of offenders in France.
The group, which runs services from cash transportation to
prisons and port security around the world, said on Friday the
French Ministry of Justice had selected it to work alongside
French consortium partners Thales, Europe's largest
defence electronics group, and Onet, to monitor offenders.
The four year contract, which is extendable to six, is worth
80 million euros ($106.25 million) in total, with G4S and Thales
being paid the majority. Thales will manage the software with a
subsidiary of security firm Onet providing monitoring and
The deal, which will be serviced through G4S's UK justice
unit, is a welcome boost for the firm which is fighting back
from its high profile failure last summer to provide 10,400
security guards for the London Olympics - a debacle that
embarrassed Britain's government, its biggest customer.
Since then Britain has decided not to renew one G4S UK
prison deal, handing it back to the public sector, and did not
shortlist the firm for other jail contracts.
In September G4S named Richard Morris as its new UK chief
executive and appointed Kim Challis to a newly created position
to oversee UK government work and repair any damaged relations.
G4S monitors over 50,000 people a day in more than 15
countries. Last year it won a 13 million pound ($20.59 million)
deal to monitor offenders in Scotland using GPS technology, and
is expected to bid on a new electronic tagging contract in
England this year.
It is also awaiting a decision from a trio of English police
authorities on whether it will be hired to run services like
custody suites and neighbourhood patrols.
($1 = 0.7530 euros)
$1 = 0.6313 British pounds)
(Reporting by Neil Maidment; editing by Rhys Jones)