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By Dominique Vidalon

PARIS (Reuters) – U.S. online retail giant Amazon <AMZN.O> said on Tuesday it will create 1,800 permanent contract positions this year in France, its largest European market after Britain and Germany, although furniture retailer Conforama went the other way in cutting jobs.

The increase will bring Amazon’s total number of permanent staff to 9,300 by end 2019 and reflects the group’s commitment to the French market where it has invested over 2 billion euros ($2.26 billion) since 2010, the statement said.

Amazon’s plan comes as Conforama, the French unit of South African retailer Steinhoff <SNHJ.J> which is in the midst of a financial restructuring, plans to cut 1,900 jobs in France.

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