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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 September, 2004, 12:10 GMT 13:10 UK
French firm spares 'lazy' author
Office workers
Maier poured scorn on French corporate culture
France's electricity board has dropped disciplinary proceedings against an employee who wrote a best-selling book on how to avoid work.

An employee of Electricite de France (EDF), Corinne Maier, faced possible sanctions over her attitude at work.

But EDF said it would let the matter rest, because it did not want to be seen as punishing for writing a book.

Bonjour Paresse (Hello Laziness) has sold 35,000 copies in recent weeks in France and generated interest abroad.

Ms Maier is an economic adviser at EDF, a state-owned firm currently facing partial privatisation to make it more efficient.

Bonjour Paresse chapter headlines
The Morons Who Are Sitting Next To You
Business Culture, My Arse
Why You Can't Lose By Resigning
Corporate Culture - Stupid People

The company told BBC News Online it had dropped disciplinary proceedings because it did not want "confusion to arise between the fact that she had been summoned over her attitude at work and the publication of her book".

However, Ms Maier was told on Monday that she should have told her managers that she was writing a book.

"We also told her that some of her colleagues had been hurt that an employee should promote laziness, when a good number of prejudices about EDF already convey such ideas," a company spokesperson said.

The French AFP news agency quoted Ms Maier as saying she was happy with the decision, but feared "harassment" in the future.




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