Marks & Spencer has won a French court case brought by three trade unions following the UK group's decision to close 18 stores as part of its foreign downsizing. The CFDT , CFTX and CGC - FE unions had specifically challenged the legality of M&S' European works council. The court dismissed the case and ordered the CFDT to pay legal costs and a fine of FF10,000 (US$1,408) to M&S.