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Ex-boss of French mobile phone firm jailed over employee suicides - Hot News Today 24h

The former boss of a French mobile phone firm has been jailed for four months after 19 stressed employees killed themselves.Didier Lombard, 77, and other executives at France Telecom were found guilty of 'institutional harassment' after the company was rocked by the suicides during a vast corporate restructuring.In the first ruling of its kind against a blue-chip French company, presiding judge Cecile Louis-Loyant said managers used 'forbidden' methods to create 'a climate of anxiety' in reaching the goal of cutting one in five jobs - 22,000 in total - within three years.Lombard was given a one-year prison sentence, with eight months suspended, and the maximum fine of £12,900 at the Paris courthouse on Friday.
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This is a major victory,' Sebastien Crozier of the CFE-CGC union said after the ruling.
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