They have no sense of humor when you try to mess with the much weakened 35 hour work week, or when you hint that they might not even get paid for that. But even against this backdrop, nothing is more acute than the French hatred of authority. True, they haven't revived beheading, yet, but I still wouldn't want to be an executive on French soil today:
Almost half of French people believe it is acceptable for workers facing layoffs to lock up their bosses, according to an opinion poll published on Tuesday.
Staff at French plants run by Sony, 3M and Caterpillar have held managers inside the factories overnight, in three separate incidents, to demand better layoff terms -- a new form of labor action dubbed "bossnapping" by the media.
A poll by the CSA institute for Le Parisien newspaper found 50 percent of French people surveyed disapproved of such acts, but 45 percent thought they were acceptable.
So, we wonder, Dealbreaker, as a purely theoretical exercise because, of course, we absolutely abhor violence, when Congress passes the "No Executive Left Outside" law, who would be the most likely candidates in North America for a bit of bossnapping? (Aside from Ken Lewis, that is). Would you hold Count Vikula in the zen garden?
Almost half of French approve of locking up bosses [Reuters]