SPOTLIGHT: Lucent CEO: French jobs can be cut

Lucent CEO Pat Russo is disputing the notion that most of proposed 8,800 job cuts resulting from its merger with Alcatel will happen on the Lucent side since it's difficult to eliminate jobs in France because the country has some tough employment laws. "To the question about it being impossible to cut jobs in France, I would say that's absolutely flat-out not correct. If you look at the reductions that Alcatel has taken as a company and the number of jobs they've reduced in France, I would venture to say it's probably equal to what we've done as a company," Russo said during an all-employee broadcast made earlier this month. Article