Axa France will pay 300 million euros to 15,000 restaurateurs

The insurer announced on Thursday the compensation for restaurateurs who had an insurance contract with the group.

The insurance group Axa announced Thursday that it would release an envelope of 300 million euros for 15,000 of its restaurant customers, in order to absorb part of their losses due to Covid-19.

«We want to support our restaurant owner clients in this reopening, it is important to put behind us this difficulty, the legal vagueness that we experienced in the restaurant owner file. This solution is not a compensation, it is a transaction», Said on Europe 1 Thomas Buberl, CEO of the Axa group, confirming information from the Parisian. “We offer a transaction to many people who did not ask for anything, even people who lost (in court) now have the right to this transactionAdded the insurer.

Several hundred restaurant owners who are Axa clients have taken the insurer to court in recent months, with decisions that are certainly contrasting, but often losing for the group so far. So far, the company has recorded some 1,500 legal proceedings. “I regret everything that happened, because we were divided with the restaurateurs by a misunderstanding. We have seen that the courts of appeal have ruled in several directions. We want to put this behind us», Underlined Thomas Buberl.

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First payments from June

«Axa has 100 million customers, for 15,000 we put 300 million on the table, it’s really a big sum“, He insisted, specifying that the group’s agents will now work in the field to assess the needs of each client. The first payments should be made from June and last until the end of September, Patrick Cohen, the new CEO of Axa France, told AFP.

«We are therefore pleased that our action is bearing fruit.», Reacted in a press release Marc Sanchez, general secretary of the union of the independents and micro-enterprises (SDI). Before adding: “let’s wait to know precisely the method of distribution and the payment schedule of this transaction».

With the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis, a large number of businesses and hotel and catering establishments were forced to close for months due to the containment measures. Those of them who hoped that their operating losses would be covered by their insurer must have been disillusioned, most companies explaining that they do not cover losses linked to a pandemic episode. This interpretation has been particularly contested by a number of restorers.

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