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CORRECTED - Paris magistrate to probe France Telecom suicides

(Corrects description in headline and lead to investigating magistrate, not prosecutor)

PARIS, April 9 (Reuters) - An investigating magistrate has launched a probe into a succession of suicides at France Telecom FTE.PA and would investigate whether staff had suffered "morale harassment", it said on Friday.

A statement from the Paris magistrate gave no further details about the probe, and France Telecom had no immediate comment when contacted by Reuters.

Last month, the French telecoms operator unveiled a series of measures to improve staff morale following a string of highly publicised suicides that have raised concerns among politicians. [ID:nLDE62O1LC]

The company, which is still 27 percent-owned by the French state, has been struggling to shed its public service heritage and adopt a more profit-oriented attitude which has led to staff cuts and longer working hours.

A report by the French Work Inspection body concluded earlier this year that France Telecom executives had used “pathogenic” management methods to reach their target of 22,000 staff cuts. (Reporting by Thierry Leveque; editing by Simon Jessop)

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