Maurice Taylor has a sour opinion of French factory workers. The CEO of Titan International, a US-based tire company, recently sent a letter to France's industry minister saying that he had no interest in purchasing the faltering Goodyear Amiens Nord tire plant in the country. According to Bloomberg, the French press got a hold of the letter and now Taylor's comments are out in the open air. The executive, known as "The Grizz" for his bear-like style, threw a few choice gems at country's industry in general, saying, "The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three."

Taylor (shown at left) went on to say his company plans to purchase a Chinese or Indian tire company, pay less than one euro per hour and ship every tire France needs, adding, "you can keep your so-called workers." The company manufactures agricultural and other off-road tires.

France, meanwhile, has said it will respond to Taylor's comments, but has yet to do so.


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      will.naito
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice reporting Autoblog: "France, meanwhile, has said it will respond to Taylor's comments, but has yet to do so." From the Bloomberg article you cite as your source: "As the leaked letter drew outrage in France, Montebourg penned a scathing response, spelling out the reasons why France routinely ranks as a leading destination for companies to invest, beating China and India in mid-2012. "Can I remind you that Titan, the business you run, is 20 times smaller than Michelin, the French (tire) technology leader with international influence, and 35 times less profitable," Montebourg wrote, in a two-page letter in French. "This just shows the extent to which Titan could have learned and gained, enormously, from a presence in France." Montebourg's letter, a copy of which was sent to Reuters, said Taylor's comments, "as extremist as they are insulting", illustrated his ignorance of France." Read much?
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog...journalism at its best? "France, meanwhile, has said it will respond to Taylor's comments, but has yet to do so." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21530619 Oops
        LW
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Pulsifer
        how dare the french minister respond in such a way. He should be busy helping wipe out the industrial base of his country and put those jobs in more deserving emerging economy and help them come to the prison labor class.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      This just in. The French's response is, "we surrender ". Back to you Jim.
      m_2012
      • 2 Years Ago
      France, meanwhile, has said it will respond to Taylor's comments, but has yet to do so because they are still on break.
      Mason
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who cares about his French remarks, him admitting that he plans to pay his third-world employees one Euro an hour is what I thought was offensive. What a tool.
        James
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mason
        "One euro an hour" moves these people out of an impoverished lifestyle in to easy living for them, their kids, and their grand children, while their peers are lucky to get 'one euro a MONTH'. It's all relative. I think him wanting to move his facilities and spur the economy of some place so distant from his consumer base shows charity and generosity.
          SaabStory
          • 2 Years Ago
          @James
          Yeah right. He's paying them because he's so altruistic! Rolls eyes...
          Mason
          • 2 Years Ago
          @James
          Yeah, I'm not buying that he's opening factories in India out of the goodness of his heart.
          tump
          • 2 Years Ago
          @James
          James, isn't this guy the exact person that Republicans call a "job creator?" He's getting his tax rates protected under the guise of creating jobs. So if you're that out of work American, this bloke's not going to be helping you AND will be getting his taxes comped as icing on the cake.
          Tirac
          • 2 Years Ago
          @James
          99% james? really have you ever traveled abroad?
      W196R
      • 2 Years Ago
      There we go, the American enslaving "Chinese or Indian", and profiting from it... French people are much happier than we are here in the states and the three hours they work, they put away WAY more work than any American does in 8 hours, and they produce good quality results. They are able to take vacation with out feeling guilty, they can rest and they work to live, and not like us American that we live to work and this unprofessional POS wants to use Chinese or Indian slaves and profit from it. Maurice Taylor, I hope you rot in hell. Why not employ more Americans and stop this non-sense?
        Famsert
        • 2 Years Ago
        @W196R
        Sorry but just because they're paid lower than you doesn't make them slaves. FYI a $1 in China or India can do a hell of a lot more than here.
      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      HA! Truth is spoken! I love how much this will piss off the Euro-lemmings!
        SaabStory
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A P
        What truth was spoken. That people should be happy to work non-stop with barely any pay? What is the lesson you see in all of this??
          A P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SaabStory
          The lesson that Socialism breeds laziness and in the French of the 21century get paid waaaaay to much for how much work they do.
          The Wasp
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SaabStory
          The truth that many people are willing to work non-stop with barely any pay. That's the truth. There were no comments regarding what you think people "should be happy" with.
      sixsix
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing unprofessional about those remarks. Men like this CEO are how we enjoy our comfy cozy little lives. That's the real world behind closed doors. Sure Hollywood paints a pretty picture of how interactions like this transpire, but then again they show 5'2" female super fighters beating up men 3 times their size. Fantasy at best. I was not familiar with the CEO but I like him now. What's cute is reading the comments about people mocking the CEOs pay schedule. You people are dumber than people sitting on their couches saying Kobe Bryant sucks. You clowns don't have the horsepower to do what a CEO does. They are more intelligent, in school and in common sense/life, than your little brains can comprehend. Don't confuse your distaste for their decisions for their lack of ability. The CEO has more stress and works harder than an entire army of blue collar workers can fathom. This is the real world. Not some Hollywood fantasy. They get paid the big bucks because they are the superstars of the corporate world. They are the Lebrons, the Kobes, the Bradys, the Watts. According to your logic the ball boy is responsible for the athletes success. No wonder we are in so much trouble. You people haven't a clue about how the world really works. Keep watching your houswives, your family guy, your two and half men...like Ostrich's with your heads in the sand.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      "gets paid high wages but works only three hours. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three" Sounds like lazy Corporate American executives. This guy is pissed because the "common" worker shouldn't be allowed to get the same schedule as corporate executives get.
        James
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        You obviously don't know many corporate executives.
        Michaele
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Moronic, uninformed comment. Any competent executive puts in far more hours in than the "common" worker you refer to.
        Radwon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I would love to put in a 9 to 5 day but my 'high paying executive' job ensures I am travelling away from home 6-months of the year and on teleconferences with other parts of the world until 10pm at night. When I sleep, I dream of being back on the tools clocking out at 5 and coming home to a wife that's glad to see me and watch a bit of TV together. Anybody want to trade?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      ferps
      • 2 Years Ago
      And yet, Michelin still makes the best tires in the world.
      Vinuuz
      • 2 Years Ago
      While it might sound hurtful, it is true. French can respond in whatsoever manner, but don't they just hate working? They already have 35 hour work weeks. Well nobody is against taking life leisurely, but there are other countries and societies who would gladly work 15 hours a day at half the price for a 7 hour french day.
        SaabStory
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vinuuz
        Who are you morons upvoting Vinuuz comments?? You want to work in a world where you work more and more hours for less and less pay or get threatened with having your jobs shipped to another country? I work to live not live to work and I want it to stay that way!
          The Wasp
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SaabStory
          There's a difference between emotionally supporting a business reality, even though it may be entirely legal and logical, and upvoting someone for making a valid point. I don't agree that the French hate working but the majority of what he wrote is true. I can say that without smiling every time a job we used to do is shipped overseas. If that reality offends you, I'm sorry. (Actually I'm not.)
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