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France Telecom Offices Searched After 2010 Investigation

April 03, 2012

France Telecom SA (FTE), France’s biggest phone company, said its offices were searched today by police in connection with an investigation by Paris prosecutors after a spate of employee suicides in 2010.

“We confirm that a search took place today,” said a spokeswoman for the Paris-based company, who declined to be named. The search, which took place over several sites, follows a complaint filed by labor union Sud-PTT, she said.

Investigators are looking into allegations of “mental harassment” and missing workplace-risk documentation at the company. Sud-PTT has complained that France Telecom’s restructuring policy contributed “directly” to about 30 suicides and “a tendency toward depression” at the company.

Elisabeth Allanic, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutors’ office, wasn’t immediately available to comment today.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at

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