lightened sentence on appeal for ex-CEO Didier Lombard – Liberation

The former boss of France Telecom was sentenced for institutional moral harassment to a one-year suspended prison sentence by the Paris Court of Appeal.

He escapes from prison. The former CEO of France Telecom Didier Lombard saw his sentence reduced this Friday by the Paris Court of Appeal, which condemns him for institutional moral harassment to one year in prison with full suspension. At first instance, the former boss, now 80 years old, had been sentenced to four months in prison.

Didier Lombard was fined the same amount of 15,000 euros as that pronounced at first instance in 2019. His number 2 at the time of the facts (2007-2008), Louis-Pierre Wenès, is also sentenced on appeal to one year in prison with suspended sentence and 15,000 euros fine, twelve years after the events marked by a wave of suicides of group employees.

The public prosecutor had requested a year in prison, including a six-month suspended sentence and a 15,000 euro fine for Didier Lombard and Louis-Pierre Wenès, convicted at first instance for their “prominent role” in the implementation of a workforce reduction policy “hardliner” over the period 2007-2008 at France Telecom.

The two leaders implemented, in the mid-2000s, the “Next” and “Act” plans, whose mission was to transform the company – then over-indebted – in less than three years. In particular with 22,000 departures and 10,000 transfers out of some 120,000 employees. In 2006, Didier Lombard had this sinister word in front of company executives: “I will make the departures one way or another through the window or through the door”. The investigation recognized 39 victims of harassment, 19 of whom committed suicide.

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