France Telecom unit to slash to 2,000 jobs in Britain

France Telecom's mobile phone unit Orange plans to slash between 1,800 and 2,000 jobs in Britain to cut its costs by 15%, an AFP report said.
The report said this was part of plans by France Telecom to cut its global workforce by 17,000 over the next three years, a spokesman for Orange UK said.
Earlier, the spokesman had mistakenly said the cuts were in addition to the 17,000, the report said.
The job losses stemmed from last year's decision to merge Orange with France Telecom's Internet arm Wanadoo, which together employed 12,000 people in Britain.
"This is strictly as a result of the integration of Wanadoo and Orange," the Orange spokesman said, according to the report.
France Telecom earlier revealed that the group would reduce the number of people it employed throughout the world between now and the end of 2008 by 10%, the report said.