Fourth paragraph from the end reads: “The young woman’s
parents told Paris Match their daughter had been taking anti-depressant medication for the past five
Letter emerges in 23rd France Telecom suicide
correspondents in Paris
September 18, 2009
- Spate of suicides at France Telecom
- Letter emerges in 23rd case
THE controversy over a spate of
suicides at the communications giant France
Telecom took a macabre turn overnight with the publication of a suicide
letter sent by the latest woman to die.
“I’m going to become the 23rd
staff member to commit suicide,” 32-year-old Stephanie wrote in an e-mail sent
to her father just moments before she flung herself out of her fourth storey
Her father passed the final communication to Paris
(French language), which published it in full yesterday amid a national scandal
over what the firm has itself admitted is an “infernal spiral” of suicides among
“When I called you this morning, you said I didn’t seem
quite right. You were right. My suicidal impulses are taking over again. I’ve
decided to act upon them tonight,” the Parisian law graduate wrote.
it’s pointless calling my landlord and getting him to check on me, because I’m
going to end my days in the office,” she added, according to the print out of
the mail reproduced in Paris Match.
I haven’t told my boss, obviously, but I’m going to become the 23rd staff
member to commit suicide,” she said.
Telecom has lost 23 workers in this way since February 2008.
accept the new reorganisation in my department. I’m getting a new boss and I’d
rather die. I’m leaving my handbag with my mobiles and keys in the office, but
I’ll take my donor card with me, you never know,” she wrote.
that, don’t forget to got to my place to pick up Zebulon and Frimousse and to
feed them,” she added, referring to her pet rabbit and cat.
that you had to get this kind of message but I’m more than lost.”
note was sent at 5:10 pm on September 11. Minutes later, Stephanie dropped from
her office window in a French Telecom client services office in Paris.
Critically wounded, she died two hours later.
The young woman’s parents
Match their daughter had been taking anti-depressant medication for the past
France Telecom, a former state monopoly now competing in a
deregulated market, has undergone several large-scale reorganisations in recent
years, leading to widespread complaints of stress among workers.
Tuesday, following the latest in a round of suicides and attempted suicides,
management promised to look again at its personnel policies.
The firm has
100,000 employees and the rate of suicides among staff is not much higher than
in the general population, but several of those who killed themselves did so at
work or after blaming the firm for their despair.