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Did Ex-France Telecom CEO Play Role in 30 Suicides?

Didier Lombard under investigation

(Newser) - Did former France Telecom CEO Didier Lombard's tough management style drive some employees to suicide? More than 30 employees killed themselves while Lombard was running the telecom giant in 2008 and 2009, and he has been placed under investigation for alleged harassment, reports Reuters . Lombard, who stepped down in... More »

France Telecom Worker Sets Self on Fire

Father of 4 dies in parking lot

(Newser) - The years 2008 and 2009 saw more than 30 suicides at France Telecom, and now, another: A 57-year-old man set himself ablaze in a company parking lot, reports the BBC . The victim was the father of four and had been repeatedly transferred at the company where he worked for some... More »

Twin Suicides Rattle French Disney

Union links deaths to 'humiliating' working conditions

(Newser) - Two employee suicides linked to "humiliating" working conditions have rattled France Disney and sparked an investigation. A manager hanged himself at his home just weeks after a company cook threw himself in front of a train. The Disney manager told colleagues before his death that he wanted out of... More »

24th Suicide Hits France Telecom

Stressed-out call center worker jumps from bridge, blames company

(Newser) - A call-center worker has become the 24th victim of what France Telecom calls a "spiral of suicides" among its employees over the last 18 months. The 51-year-old father of two jumped from a bridge onto a highway during morning rush hour in a small town in the French Alps,... More »

France Telecom Sets Up Suicide Hotline for Workers

Chief vow end to 'infernal spiral' of 23 suicides

(Newser) - France Telecom's chief executive has promised to do all he can to end a wave of suicides at the company, including establishing a suicide hotline, reports the BBC. The firm plans to halt employee relocations and train team leaders to spot signs of depression at the company, where 23 employees... More »

France Telecom Offers $42B for TeliaSonera

French telco looks to expand into Turkey and Russia

(Newser) - France Telecom’s long-anticipated takeover bid of Swedish telco TeliaSonera finally landed today—with a thud. TeliaSonera immediately rejected FT’s $42 billion cash-and-stock offering—worth some $10.33 per share—as too low, reports the New York Times. Investors appeared to disagree, pushing France Telecom stock down 4% in... More »

Google Talking With Verizon

Google applications may appear on Verizon phones

(Newser) - Google is in talks with Verizon Wireless, the number-two U.S. mobile carrier, about putting Google applications on its phones, Reuters reports. The Google-powered phones are expected to meld several of its applications into a single package for Verizon customers, including Google Maps, News, YouTube and Gmail. Google shares rose... More »

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