It’s a ” relief “, recognizes Valérie Treffé-Chavant, CFE-CGC representative of employees of the Clergerie brand. The Paris Commercial Court postponed, Wednesday, May 24, its decision concerning the future of the French shoemaker, placed in receivership since March 29. The judges granted takeover candidates an additional three weeks to improve their initial offers.
For the time being, three candidates have come forward to the judicial administrators, masters Didier Lapierre and Jonathan El Baze. The Belgian Optakare, which, at the helm of the Paris Commercial Court, obtained the takeover of the André stores on May 4, submitted an offer for stores and 40 jobs. The Tunisian businessman Philippe Sayada presented him with an offer to the judicial administrators. He also showed up with employees, during a videoconference “ without detailing the number of employees taken over “, underlines M.me Treffé-Chavant. Finally, the American group Titan Industries, a shoe manufacturer founded in 1988 in California, would be a candidate to take over the brand and around fifty positions.
During the hearing at the Paris Commercial Court, Wednesday, May 24, a fourth takeover offer was mentioned. “That of Renaissance Luxury Group”reports M.me Treffé-Chavant, without however being able to specify the scope of takeover envisaged by this specialist in the turnaround of French companies in difficulty, which owns a jewelry brand, Les Georgettes. Contacted by The worldRenaissance Luxury Group denies however “have submitted a takeover offer”.
A letter sent to Brigitte Macron
The 140 employees of Clergerie will therefore have to wait until June 14 to find out more about their professional future. The anguish particularly grips the 90 employees of the Romans-sur-Isère (Drôme) factory, who, since the beginning of April, have been on partial unemployment. Because many are worried about the fate of this production unit located in the heart of the former shoe capital.
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“It is regrettable that no large luxury group is interested in Clergerie”, annoyed an employee (who wishes to remain anonymous), who, for thirty-five years, has worked for this brand founded in 1981 by Robert Clergerie. Céline Gerbault-Laymond, designer within the company, sent a letter to Brigitte Macron to invite her to support the company and intercede with the President of the Republic. “I did not fail to relay your approach to the Minister Delegate in charge of SMEs”she replied, on May 15, in a letter that The world consulted.
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