French women's shoe maker Samson has been placed under judicial administration, citing significantly weaker demand from Russia, the main outlet of its export trade.

Samson's Russian customers have reduced their orders by half, largely a result of western sanctions limiting importers access to trading currencies such as the euro, a senior company official explained.

Consumer purchasing in Russia has slumped and retail outlets are now putting shoes into storage rather than selling them, the official added.

Samson, which was founded in 1929 and employs 128 staff, will remain under court protection for six months.