Thousands of workers are set to converge on west London today, to take part in a mass rally protesting against Marks and Spencer's (M&S) plans to close the 39 stores that comprise its Continental operations. In March, the struggling high street retailer announced that the closures would take place so that the company can concentrate on its UK operations. British and French unions argue that the company violated French law however, in failing to consult workers on the decision before it was announced. This belief was upheld in a court case in Paris last month, where the judge ordered M&S to postpone the closure of its 18 French stores.