'You can keep your so-called workers,' US tyre mogul tells French minister | World news | guardian.co.uk
Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaa..............................in his letter to the minister after the latter had suggested he might like to take over a Goodyear tyre production factory in the economically struggling industrial heartland of northern France, near Amiens.
"Do you think we're stupid?" Taylor wrote to Montebourg.
He did not hold back.
"I've visited this factory several times. The French workers are paid high wages but only work three hours. They have one hour for their lunch, they talk for three hours and they work for three hours. I said this directly to their union leaders; they replied that's the way it is in France.
"Sir, your letter suggests you would like to open discussions with Titan. You think we're that stupid? Titan has money and the know-how to produce tyres. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government. The French farmer wants cheap tyres. He doesn't care if those tyres come from China or India or if those tyres are subsidised."
Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaa........................"Titan is going to buy Chinese or Indian tyres, pay less than €1 an hour to workers and export all the tyres that France needs," Taylor boasted. "In five years, Michelin won't be producing tyres in France.
"You can keep your so-called workers.
"Titan is not interested in the factory in North Amiens," concluded Michigan-born Taylor,
Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..........................Asked about the letter on Wednesday, Montebourg refused to comment.
"I do not want to harm France's interests," he told journalists.
Ok, now that I have stopped laughing, there is a deeper issue at stake here than just a chance to once again laugh at the lazy French and the ludicrous politicians. It raises lots of questions:
1. Are European workers lazy?
2. Are European workers competitive?
3. How do Europeans compete with the developing world?
4. How come some European countries are great at exporting and are able to compete industrially when others cant?
5. Is this more a story about one sector or is it systemic?
6. Does Europe need an "industrial policy", a more general competitiveness policy or something more?
7. Can the European economy become competitive without massive social unrest?
8. To what extent does the policy of bailouts help or hinder the situation?
9. Which has the greater role to play in getting Europe back on tract, the State or the private sector?
10. Why are the French such a bunch of lazy entitled wnkrs?