Posted Feb 21st 2013 10:14AM
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.