Some factories of the pharmaceutical and cosmetics group Pierre Fabre are shut down following a cyberattack. “Part of the production activities have been stopped,” said a communications manager for the group on Wednesday, without giving the scale.
The cyberattack took place on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, according to management, confirming information from France Bleu Occitanie. “The distribution of products is not interrupted, however,” she said. An assertion contradicted by one of the employees working at the Muret distribution center, wishing to remain anonymous. “Following the computer incident, the activity is completely stopped. Also, a day of paid leave 2020 or recovery is imposed for the day of April 1”, can we read on the text message sent by the management to this employee .
More than 6,000 employees in France
Management said the technical teams were “hard at work to restore the situation as quickly as possible”.
The Pierre Fabre group, based in Castres, in the Tarn department, has nearly 10,000 employees worldwide – more than 6,000 in France – spread over some fifty sites, including 15 main ones in France.
The group, not listed on the stock exchange, achieved a turnover of 2.2 billion euros in 2020, of which 65% abroad. It has several business segments, dermo-cosmetics constituting the majority of its sales (around 60%). It has also developed internationally but remains very established in the Tarn, with industrial sites near Castres and Lavaur in particular.