Orange CEO files lawsuit over death threats in boycott spat with Israel

Published June 16th, 2015 - 11:44 GMT

After coming under fire for comments he made about his company's participation in the Israeli market, Orange CEO Stephane Richard filed a complaint at a Paris court for death threats he received against himself and his family.

Citing an anonymous source, AFP reported that Richard filed the complaint last week before coming to Israel in order to apologize and clarify the company's position regarding Israel.

"Stephane Richard received death threats on his telephone and his personal data were published on an Internet site in the context of the controversy over Orange's presence in Israel," the source said.

Once these personal details were published, Richard received hundreds of calls, including death threats, the source told AFP.

The French telecom giant declined to comment on the issue.

Earlier this month Richard said that he would gladly cut ties with Israel “tomorrow” if it wasn’t so financially prohibitive.

After the statement was met with a storm of protest, Richard came to Israel and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and told him that Orange would not participatein the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.


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