France Telecom is the main telecommunication company in France. It employs about 189,000 people and has nearly 90 million customers worldwide, including the French Départements d'outre mer. In 2000, it had an annual revenue of 33.7 billion Euros.
Up to 1988, France Telecom was known as the Direction Générale des Télécommunications, a division of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. It became autonomous in 1991. It ceased to be a state monopoly on January 1 1998.