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Old 02-20-2013, 01:40 PM
 
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The Associated Press: US CEO ridicules French workers as time-wasting
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:45 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Does anyone know what the factory workday really looks like in France? What Taylor described sounds like some workplaces in Russia. I'd like to know how much truth there is to his observations. There's not much info in the article.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Florida/Oberbayern
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If Taylor doesn't want to buy the Goodyear factory in Amiens, that's up to him.

Perhaps Michelin will buy it?
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Pluto's Home Town
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An arrogant American know it all going to France and making an ass of himself? Who would have guessed....

How dare those uppity French enjoy their lives! Don't they should work like Chinese wage slaves at FoxCon for 1/10,000th Taylor's salary?!!
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:11 PM
 
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An arrogant American know it all going to France and making an ass of himself? Who would have guessed....

How dare those uppity French enjoy their lives! Don't they should work like Chinese wage slaves at FoxCon for 1/10,000th Taylor's salary?!!
Ehhh. somehow I think maybe there's a balance between those 2 extremes.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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""Can I remind you that Titan, the company you head is 20 times smaller than Michelin, the French technology leader with a global reach, and 35 times more profitable? That shows the extent that Titan could have learnt and gained enormously from a French base," Montebourg goes on."

That sums it up pretty good. The French won't take a statement from someone who is called "The Grizz" serious anyway.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:50 PM
 
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And you wonder why the rest of the world bashes us? Thanks Mr. Taylor.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:06 AM
 
Location: American Expat
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I know two French guys and even they admit that the French are on strike way too often. Especially government workers, I was told.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:19 AM
 
Location: Florida/Oberbayern
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If I had a Brazillion dollars (or however he has to spend) and the French government invited me to buy into a deal which I thought was a load of ****e, then I wouldn't give a twopenny **** whether anybody else was interested in my evaluation of whether the company on offer was worth my attention or not.

If I decide to buy the company then I will make that decision based on my assessment (if I'm the boss) modified (as appropriately) by the advice I receive from my high-priced help.

Ill probably let you know after I've made my own mind up and Glucorious' two gay french friends can do their own thing.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Florida/Oberbayern
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""Can I remind you that Titan, the company you head is 20 times smaller than Michelin, the French technology leader with a global reach, and 35 times more profitable? That shows the extent that Titan could have learnt and gained enormously from a French base," Montebourg goes on."

That sums it up pretty good. The French won't take a statement from someone who is called "The Grizz" serious anyway.

But the French appear not to be interested in selling this 'amazing bargain' to Michelin?

C'mon, viri - we both (bin ich auch Oachkatzlschwoaf) understand the french mindset here.

The French government don't want to take on that heap of crap any more than either you or I would.

If Saupreuß GmbH wanted a tyre company they would buy one.

If M Hollande wanted a tyre Company he would persuade somebody to lend him the money to buy one.

If Das Merkel wants a Französiche tyre company she had better tread very carefully indeed.
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