(Le 23 décembre 2009)
AFP, 17 novembre 2009
The ministry of Justice is about to become the first client of Sodexo, the French group of collective restauration and public service enterprises, after the signature of a contract leading to the management of 27 penitentiary establishments.
...Managing director Michel Landelannounced after signing a contract on Monday for 'almost one billion euros' over 6 years with the ministry of Justice. This contract must take effect on January 1, 2010. That takes from 45 to 145 million euros, the annual turnover realised with Sodexo with the ministry of Justice , and put she Chancellery at the level of main French client.
The ministry has delegated the 'global management' of 27 prisons , as well as 9 establishments already managed by Sodexo, i.e. the 'catering' for the prisoners, their leur accomodation, but also 'the improvement of their professional training' and 'their re-insertion into society', M.Landel stressed. It is also a question of 'organising family visits, visiting rooms", M. Landel added.
Present in 80 countries, Sodexo employs 380.000 people and had a turnover of 14,7 billion euros in 2008/9, an increase of 7,9%.