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The Compaq Corporation and Firefly, its PR outfit in the UK are still on their Christmas break like most others in Blighty, but that will not stop further redundancies in France. Sources close to Compaq’s plans say that on the 4th of January next, around 1,400 staff in the country will be issued with severance notices, following intense arguments between the company and trade unions. The trade unions originally agreed that 800 jobs would disappear in France but our source tells us that figure has grown because Digital and Compaq executives have a very bad relationship in the country that gave us Gitanes, Calvados, De Gaulle and Groupe Bull. Although neither the company’s UK PR outfit nor the company itself can be contacted (many have been on holiday from the 23rd December and will not return until the 4th of January), the news is bound to cast something of a blight on server announcements Compaq will make next month. The Register now feels that Eck should make at least one New Year’s resolution, and that is not to take over any more companies in 1999. ® The 12 (six so far) Days of Compaq's Christmas Five golden rings Compaq to continue Big Cuts Four calling birds Revealed: Open VMS Galaxy secrets Three French hens Compaq decks another 2,700 jobs Two turtle doves Compaq to get out of networking Partridge in a pear tree Compaq no Father Christmas as Alpha layoffs rise For more coverage of Compaq, go to Shannon knows DEC

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