French Workers Kidnap Bosses To Protest Layoffs
ARI SHAPIRO, Host:
Bosses all over world are laying off workers in this economic crisis. That can be a risky business in France, where furious workers have responded to layoffs by taking their employers hostage. Eleanor Beardsley sends this report.
ELEANOR BEARDSLEY: In just under a month, there have been four "boss-nappings" in France.
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BEARDSLEY: But there are now more than 2 million unemployed in France, and there is a growing sentiment here that the business elite caused the crisis but it is the workers who are paying. That's not so, says Marie Conard(ph), the wife of a recently kidnapped boss. She called into a radio station to express her outrage.
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BEARDSLEY: These are not criminal bosses but hardworking husbands and fathers who had nothing to do with this crisis, says Conard. It's psychological harassment.
BEARDSLEY: For NPR News, I'm Eleanor Beardsley, in Paris.
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