Keyword: France Telecom
Didier Lombard, the former CEO of France Telecom (now Orange) and six other company executives are to stand trial on charges of engaging in or assisting psychological harassment of their staff, which allegedly led to the suicides of more than 30 employees in the space of two years.
At least 19 staff took their lives in 2008 and 2009 and company and ex-boss are suspected of using policy of unsettling staff to hasten job losses.
Newspaper report suggests the former state-owned French telecoms giant has been sharing information with security services for many years.
Labelling it a 'serious alert', an organisation that monitors work conditions said the majority of these suicides were 'explicitly related to work'.
The French telecommunications giant says no passwords were stolen in the attack but some personal details of customers were accessed.
Judges suspect Stéphane Richard of conspiracy to commit fraud over his role in a 403-million-euro award in 2008 to tycoon Bernard Tapie.
Shareholders in the country's partly state-owned telecommunications giant have voted for the change, which comes into effect on July 1st.
Company says the origin of a problem that left 26 million customers unable to make calls or send text messages was a software problem.
Former chief executive accused of advocating tough management practices amounting to psychological harassment, his lawyer said.