French retailer Galeries Lafayette is asking for €60m from UK food and clothing retailer Marks and Spencer following the acquisition of M&S' French business in December 2001. The claim centres on the "significantly costlier than planned" redundancy programme negotiated between M&S France and its staff. According to Galeries Lafayette, M&S upped its offer in the last few days of the negotiations which led to the vast majority of staff accepting severance terms.