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US tire company CEO lashes out at French workers

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.

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Funny how the truth hurts.

February 21 2013 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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How would you know have you been in the plant watching the employes for 8 hours? I remember seeing Chrysler employe smoking pot and drinking alcoolic beverages on their break at least there was a video of it that was hard to take side with them. So show me a video of a 8 hours in the day of a French worker and I will be able to pass a jugement on it. I\'m a Canadian who work 2 years in DC area hiring 200 workers and managing them. A lot were sleeping on the job, using illegal substances (failled drug test) and drinking to top it out.

February 22 2013 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply