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Under Pressure by Maria Katsarou, Denis Sartain

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In 2009, over a period of 24 months, 24 employees of France Telecom committed suicide, many of them blaming work as the reason they wanted to end their lives. On 9 September 2009, a technician in Troyes, southeast of Paris, stabbed himself in front of other staff after being told his job was to be cut. In August another employee, a 53-year-old father of three, killed himself in Brittany. “Infantile” management and “difficulties around his rank within the company” were blamed as reasons for his death. The same month, a 28-year-old worker was found dead in his garage in a town in the east of France, having left a note that not only talked ...

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