Didier Lombard, former head of France Telecom, and six other managers of the company have been charged with “moral harassment” in France. It is alleged that in the late 2000s they presided over a culture of harassment that led to at least 19 suicides of France Telecom staff.
Lombard was in charge, two years after the company – which was rebranded as Orange in 2003 – was privatised. He was intent on cutting 22,000 jobs. He told senior managers in 2007: “I’ll get them out one way or another, through the window or through the door.” Some chose the window, evidently.
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