France Télécom executives stand trial over wave of staff suicides

The trial has opened in Paris of Didier Lombard, the former head of France Télécom, the telecoms giant now renamed Orange, and six other former executives, including its Human Resources director, for their alleged responsibility through moral harassment in at least 19 suicides of employees during a restructuring of the company, which saw 22,000 jobs axed and another 14,000 posts reassigned.

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Former executives at France Télécom, the telecoms firm now known as Orange, have gone on trial over a spate of suicides among staff a decade ago, reports The Guardian.