The Doux chief said an offer for its export arm was "unspeakable"

The Doux chief said an offer for its export arm was "unspeakable"

Charles Doux, the chairman of ailing French poultry firm Groupe Doux, has issued a statement criticising the takeover bids for the company.

Mr Doux, whose family owns a majority stake in the company, said the six separate offers for the business, which went into administration last month, amounted to a "dismantling" of the group.

He said the bids had been "presented together to try to force the sale of assets under pressure at a ridiculous price, all without preserving employment".

The Doux chief, who is also the founder of the company, said an offer for its export arm was "unspeakable". He added: "The offer could also be deemed pathetic and ridiculous for a branch of Groupe Doux that generates unique margins and holds unique market share.

Mr Doux is planning to keep control of the company and will present his strategy for the business and financing plans next Tuesday (24 July).