Women's fashion label Cacharel is to shed 80 jobs as part of a recovery plan designed to return the company to a break-even position by 2011.

Around 60 posts will be axed in Cacharel's logistics services department based in Nîmes, thus ending its long-standing association with the southern French city.

Cacharel's founder, Jean Bousquet, was mayor of Nîmes between 1983 and 1995 and the company employed up to 1,200 staff in the city in the 1990s.

While the production of garments was outsourced at the end of the 1990s, Cacharel's logistics activity and its administration - order of fabrics, reception of finished goods and dispatch to customers - has until now been carried out in Nîmes.

The recovery plan will see Cacharel concentrate fully on the design of garments, with logistics being outsourced to a worldwide partner.

By Stuart Todd.