• Jul 21st 2009 at 6:27PM
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Workers at French car parts maker New Fabris (its main clients include Renault and Peugeot-Citroen) have voted down immediate plans to explosively send the roof of their plant into the troposphere, as long as talks with aides to Industry Minister Christian Estrosi are in the works. It seems that the workers, part of the CGT union, are demanding higher redundancy payouts as nearly 370 of them have lost their jobs following the collapse of the automotive sector.

Gas canisters had been placed around the factory to facilitate the pending pyrotechnics, but they have since been moved. Christian Paupineau, a delegate of the CGT union, told Reuters that the talks must be forthcoming. "There has to be significant progress. The canisters are being stored and kept under surveillance and they can be re-installed at any time," he added.

The threats to blow up factories is a relatively new tactic for French workers – employees used to vent frustration by taking their managers hostage (aka "bossnappings") until their demands were met. Union representatives are due to meet with the factory workers on Thursday... assuming nobody blows their lid in the meantime.

[Source: Reuters | Image: Alain Jocard/Getty]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      the word "work" or "worker" should not be in the same sentence as "French".
        • 6 Years Ago
        Send in the troops!
      • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        wow, some special people here...

        lets take a factory hostage, and threaten to BLOW IT UP... that'll get us our money.

        do people think of an exit strategy? the second the terms are met, they will ran over by police...

        i dont get how this and whats going on in korea, really help them out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This would have been resolved long ago in the U.S....Send in the S.W.A.T. team :)

      Seriously though, I can't imagine the workers will not face criminal charges. If they all go to prison, I can't see how this will help any.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm kinda expecting amnesty for this crime is included in their demands.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Always very interesting to read coments when it is about France or French people.

      it's like they can't express their hate for blacks, jews or gays so they pour all their frustration over my country. I mean why not?
      If you feel more american hating french.
      I don't need to hate America to feel french.
      To me, it's more based on values like democracy, freedom.

      Maybe different kind of democracies because of different stories, cultures...

      I'm thinking who will be the next? Chinese?
      Oh no! impossible! They'll be #1 soon....
      Like it is some sort of contest...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Clearly send in the military. This is a terrorist tactic that would not be tolerated in the US. Especially in Waco, TX.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah! Violence is the answer, just like back in 19th century Chicago! Them shiny police assault rifles need some live targets to shoot at!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Shoot them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't they have laws in France? Is it not illegal to communicate threats, kidnap, and set bombs everywhere?
      • 6 Years Ago

      In a civilized country, they'd be in jail already.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's hard to imagine a country and people more worthless than France and the French.

      It's like trying to imagine dividing something by zero; it just isn't possible.

      My favourite Bushism is: "The French don't even have a word for entrepreneur." Truer words were never uttered.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ... you realize Entrepeneur is a French word that the Americans borrowed, right?
        • 6 Years Ago
        How dumb and brilliantly revealing can it go?

      • 6 Years Ago
      And you though American unions were bad....
      • 6 Years Ago
      They are a lost people.

      Atlas won't bear that weight forever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The French bashing is all lots of fun but on a more serious note, with workers who kidnap managers and threaten to blow up the factory that is the source of their jobs, I can not imagine why any sane person would invest any money in that country.

      If it were me making business decisions, any plant closings or slow downs would happen in France and any expansion, modernization or new factory construction would happen in Poland, Romania or some other EU country where this sort of craziness is less common.
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