Monday, July 13, 2009

Bossnapping is a trifle

Taking it up a notch, a'la Française-style:

Workers at collapsed French car parts maker New Fabris threatened on Sunday to blow up their factory if they did not receive payouts by July 31 from auto groups Renault and Peugeot to compensate for their lost jobs.
Things like this were once considered illegal ..... or at least bad form. Lest one think this is just a bunch of rag-tag outliers stirring the pot, trade union officialdom weighs in:

"The bottles of gas have already been placed at various parts of the factory and are connected with each other," CGT trades union official Guy Eyermann told France Info radio.

"If Renault and PSA refuse to give us that money it could blow up before the end of the month," he added.
Is extortion now legal in France?

Update: Pat Patterson with the assist,

France has a history of boss-nappings dating back to May 1968 and the 1970s, when executives were held hostage in the struggle for rights.