Paris Transit Launches Politeness Campaign

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The public transport authority received complaints about train etiquette. New billboards poke fun at bad manners, featuring Frenchmen with giant animal heads: a donkey spitting out gum, a frog leaping the turnstile, a chicken clucking loudly on her cellphone.


And our last word in business today comes from Paris, or should we say Paris? It is la politique.


For you Francophones, you heard correctly: politeness - or in this case, a lack thereof.

The Paris Public Transport Authority has launched a campaign against rudeness.

MONTAGNE: Ceiling-high subway billboards poke fun at bad manners. They depict French men and women with giant animal heads - a donkey spitting out gum, a frog leaping the turnstile, a chicken clucking loudly on her cell phone. The campaign was launched after transport officials received complaints about train etiquette.

WERTHEIMER: According to one French pollster, 60 percent of those surveyed cited rudeness as their number one source of stress - higher than unemployment or the debt crisis. Quelle surprise.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

MONTAGNE: And je m'appelle Renee Montagne. A bientot.

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