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Altice's SFR to cut up to 11% of staff in France in 2021

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oks at a closed SFR shop during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mulhouse, France March 12, 2020. Picture taken March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

PARIS, March 3 (Reuters) - Altice Europe's French telecoms operator SFR plans to could cut up to 1,700 jobs or about 11% of its staff this year in France, it said on Wednesday.

SFR said the departures would be on a voluntary basis. "These departures would take place in 2021," SFR said in a statement.

The job cuts are part of SFR's new strategic plan that takes into account new digitalisation habits which have resulted in a 30% drop in the number of clients visiting its shops.

The telecoms operator said it was holding talks with staff representatives over the planned job cuts.

Reporting by Geert De Clercq and Matthieu Protard; Editing by Jan Harvey

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