The CEO of US tire company Titan International, Maurice “Morry” Taylor, blasted French “so-called workers” in a letter to the left-wing industry minister last month. In the letter, published in the French media, Taylor said he would have to be stupid to invest in a French tire plant where union workers are working only three hours a day.
The tire plant announced this week that it would be shut down.
Today the “lazy” French workers clashed with police in violent protests outside the plant.
There have been angry scenes outside the headquarters of the tyre maker Goodyear in France, over a factory that is being closed down.
Staff clashed with police outside the offices near Paris as a workers’ committee held a series of meetings to discuss the closure of the Amiens factory in the north of the country.
Bosses announced the planned closure at the end of January, threatening more than a thousand jobs.
The meetings are to hear the findings of an independent report that has looked at the economic and social impact of the closure and the possibilities of redeployment of workers
Riot police lined up to keep the protesters out of the building. They were faced with burning tyres and other makeshift missiles, and responded with tear-gas.