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French telecom execs face trial for moral harassment

Neil Hodge | June 26, 2018

France Telecom, its ex-boss, and six other former executives are set to face trial for their role in creating such a highly pressurised work environment that it pushed a number of vulnerable employees to kill themselves a decade ago.

The company and its former directors, including past-CEO Didier Lombard, have been charged with engaging in or assisting with “psychological” or “moral” harassment amid a massive restructuring plan between 2008 and 2010, according to a statement from the company’s telecommunications workers union, CFE-CGC.

The union, citing an indictment, said the case should reach the courts in the first half of 2019.

All but two of the accused executives are now retired.

Louis-Pierre Wenes, Lombard’s ex-deputy at the French telecoms company at the time of the suicides scandal, is one of six other executives who are due to stand trial. Brigitte Dumont, the company’s current head of corporate and...

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