Telecoms giant raided after deaths

France Telecom-Orange has said police are conducting raids at its headquarters and other Paris area sites as part of a two-year-old probe into claims that harassment by its managers was to blame for employee suicides.

The French telecommunications giant says the raids amount to the "normal course" of the investigation and its employees were answering all investigators' questions.

Prosecutors opened the probe in April 2010 following a labour union's claim that harassment was to blame for a rash of employee suicides in prior months. The company laid off around 22,000 people from 2006 to 2008.

A report by the French labour inspector's office found that 14 cases of suicide, attempted suicide or depression could be considered directly linked with the company's managerial techniques.