Staff at the Bata Hallocourt shoe factory at Moussey staged noisy demonstrations yesterday to protest about likely job losses.

Furious workers gathered at Sarrebourg amid fears up to 500 of the 875-strong workforce will be axed if receivers accept either of the two takeover bids submitted to them earlier this week.

Union spokeswoman Anita Marchal described the bids as "inadequate" and said the best-case scenario would see just 40 per cent of the 875 employees being retained.

The two bidders, managers at the factory, have obtained supply contracts from Bata for 400,000 pairs of shoes per year for three years. They both have financial backing of EUR 5m to help with start-up costs.

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