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The Showdown on the Channel has left its marks at DFDS

DFDS CEO Niels Smedegaard cannot deny that the shipping company will encounter problems with the employees it has taken over from Sea France on the new Calais-Dover connection.

The failed negotiations and especially the showdown with the French unions regarding the takeover of now bankrupt Sea France did not leave the DFDS Group out of breath. Instead, they initiated their Plan B and are now inserting two ferries, the first one already operating, on the strategically important Calais-Dover route in cooperation with French joint-venture partner Louis Dreyfuss Armateurs. But the process, which for a while started to look like a political issue in light of the French elections in May, as president Nicolas Sarkozy and others started to get involved, has left its marks at the DFDS headquarters in Copenhagen.

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