France may Have the Best Cuisine on the Planet but…

Titan International, a tire manufacturing company in the U.S. was offered a great opportunity:

To take over a failing French tire plant!!

Hey, who wouldn’t want a presence in France, hey?

Well, apparently not Maurice Taylor, head of Titan. He wrote to the French government that he was not interested in “helping” with their little problem.

He wrote, “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. I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that’s the French way!”

And then went on to say he was going to buy a plant in eastern Asia. He told the French they can keep their “so-called” workers.

Well, okay, so maybe the French are not known so much for their market economy, but just think of all the things they have to offer…

[ sound of crickets ]

Still they have the Left Bank, the Seine (or at least its polluted descendant), the Eifel Tower, and some lovely buttered croissants.

And somewhere back in the past they had some great vintages, several artists, and the original Napoleon.

So, who needs good workers when they can just rest on their laurels?

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