French supermodel Noemie Lenoir, who has modeled for Victoria’s Secret and Gap, among others, is recovering in a hospital after being found unconscious in a forest as a result of a failed suicide attempt on Sunday. She apparently consumed a deadly combination of pills and alcohol while staying at ex-boyfriend Claude Makelele’s home in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, on the outskirts of Paris. Lenoir called an ambulance for herself, reporting that she “felt very ill,” but then canceled emergency services. She then went for a walk in the forest that surrounds Makelele’s mansion. A passerby discovered her unconscious body a few hours after her initial call for help. A source says Lenoir was in a state of distress and was visibly ill after being revived. She is being treated for an overdose and is recovering well in a hospital.
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It sounds like something out of a mind-control horror movie: France Télécom, the European telecommunications giant, has now seen 25 of their employees commit suicide in the past 18 months. The most recent incident occurred yesterday when a 48-year-old engineer with a wife and family hanged himself in his home. These suicides aren’t coincidental. Victims have left notes indicating that the reasons they took their lives had to do with highly stressful work conditions and company policies. France Télécom, which employs upwards of 100,000 people, began significantly cutting down its workforce and implementing new structures last year, which brought fear, new stress and oppressive management to the workplace. A new evaluation system also put employees on a scale of personal achievement, putting added pressure on the individual. Wrote one woman in a suicide email to her father: “I can’t accept the new reorganization 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.” Keep reading »