Didier Lombard, the former chief executive officer of France Telecom, will stand trial for moral harassment. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Didier Lombard, the former chief executive officer of France Telecom, will stand trial for moral harassment, a decade after a wave of employee suicid(...)

Christine Lagarde, director of the International Monetary Fund, will be tried by a panel of six deputies from the National Assembly, six senators and three magistrates. If convicted, she could in theory be sentenced to up to a year in prison and a €15,000 fine. Photograph:  EPA

Christine Lagarde, the director of the International Monetary Fund, will stand trial for negligence for allowing a sham arbitration to award €405 mill(...)

 Vittorio Colao, chief executive officer, Vodafone Group. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

If you happen to work in one of Vodafone’s overseas offices, Vittorio Colao is not someone you want to bump into too often. “When I don’t show up fo(...)

Jobseekers queue to enter an employment centre in Athens. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

In August last year French authorities began an investigation into possible negligence by Christine Lagarde, now head of the International Monetary Fu(...)

Orange’s decision to end its brand- licensing deal with Israeli mobile operator Partner Communications came a day after Orange chief executive Stephane Richard made comments in Cairo that were perceived in Israel as support for the boycott movement. Photograph: Nir Elias/Reuters

In what appears to be the most significant victory to date for the Israel boycott movement, the French mobile telephone company Orange has announce(...)

The deal between Vivendi and Orange would value Dailymotion, a rival to YouTube and Vimeo, at €265 million. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

Vivendi has entered exclusive talks with Orange to buy 80 per cent of the French telecoms operator’s Dailymotion video-sharing website for €217 millio(...)

BT said it was in preliminary talks for two companies and identified only Telefónica-owned O2 as a target. Photograph: Martin Divisek/Bloomberg
Companies named as BT targets

BT Group plc is in talks to buy Telefónica SA’s O2 unit or another mobile phone company to expand its wireless offering in the UK and complement its b(...)

Mario Draghi said that the ECB must move quickly to increase inflation in the euro zone. Photograph: AP Photo/Michael Probst

European markets were lifted by the developments in Europe and China as the Dax in Frankfurt and the Cac40 in Paris were both up by nearly 3 per cent(...)

Orange said the deal would add to earnings per share and operating free cash flow by 2017, and would help it save €1.3 billion mostly through network efficiencies

France’s Orange has reached a deal to buy Spanish fixed line telecoms operator Jazztel in an effort to bolster its mobile operation in the country and(...)

‘There is no more money in Europe’: Orange chief executive Stephane Richard has told a telecommunications conference in Brussels that Europe will have to be willing to pay for new technologies. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Europe has become stifling for expansion and investment in the telecommunications industry, and new regulations cutting roaming charges will only make(...)

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