Nokia hopes to slash 597 jobs in France less than two years after its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.

Precise details of where the axe will fall are not known, but the Finland-based vendor said R&D roles are not affected.

A plan was presented to Nokia’s Works Council and employee representatives earlier this week.

Nokia has around 5,300 employees in France out of a global headcount of 102,687.

The vendor has research facilities at Paris-Saclay and Lannion and plans to recruit 500 new R&D engineers in the country by the end of 2018.

The job cuts are part of a plan to deliver €1.2 billion in “synergies” by 2018 following the merger of Nokia and A-L.

When Nokia got the go-ahead from the French government to takeover A-L in 2015, the Finnish company promised to maintain employment in France in-line with A-L’s Shift Plan goals “for a period of at least two years”.

It also promised to base a 5G centre of excellence and a €100 million investment fund in France.

[Read more: Nokia promises to maintain investment, jobs in France ahead of A-L merger]

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri warned in July that 2017 would be more difficult than expected, as underlying net revenues fell one percent to €5.6 billion in Q2.

However, operating profit jumped 73 percent to €574 million.

In February, the European Union’s Globalisation Adjustment Fund announced it would support 821 workers out of a total of 945 laid off by Nokia between June and October 2016.

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