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Titan International (TWI) CEO Maurice Taylor shows little patience for left-wing French...

Titan International (TWI) CEO Maurice Taylor shows little patience for left-wing French politicians and labor officials stammering over the loss of jobs at tire plants in the nation. The exec says the French workforce only puts in a three-hour workday and he would be "stupid" to take over factories there. Taylor unplugged: "Titan is going to buy a Chinese tire company or an Indian one, pay less than one Euro per hour wage and ship all the tires France needs."
Comments (21)
  • And we wonder how France is going broke.
    20 Feb 2013, 08:27 AM Reply Like
  • Lazy socialists don't want to work - no wonder productive people leave.
    20 Feb 2013, 08:43 AM Reply Like
  • You seem to have a very selfish nature. Productive people are essential to redistribution. Those who do not willingly produce for the benefit of the unproductive should be required to attend reeducation classes to cleanse their minds of selfish notions. Greed must be eliminated. France and Greece are leading the way.
    20 Feb 2013, 10:36 AM Reply Like
  • lol @ The Geoffster
    20 Feb 2013, 01:26 PM Reply Like
  • and moving to America..............
    20 Feb 2013, 03:22 PM Reply Like
  • ALU should hire him.
    20 Feb 2013, 11:26 AM Reply Like
  • Do they really only work 3 hours a day?
    20 Feb 2013, 01:26 PM Reply Like
  • 3h/day is probably an exaggeration but I wouldn't be surprised if they did 5h/day all all the coffee breaks and "enjoy life" culture there.
    20 Feb 2013, 02:16 PM Reply Like
  • Its pretty awesome that he would write something so pointed. Thank god the French made it public, it made my day!
    20 Feb 2013, 02:14 PM Reply Like
  • Fran├žois Hollande is a great thing for France. It's a guarantee that after such a disastrous mandate, there won't be any socialist president for the next 10 years or so in this country.
    20 Feb 2013, 02:45 PM Reply Like
  • Even the French Foreign Legion is hiring Chinese and Mexicans...
    20 Feb 2013, 03:27 PM Reply Like
  • link? Aren't they mostly Black and Arabic?
    20 Feb 2013, 03:52 PM Reply Like
  • Sure, fun is fun. But as CEO of a public company Maurice must consider the potential impact of his words on his company's sales, and not lecture the political leaders of huge markets on their public policies. Leave that to the political commentators.
    20 Feb 2013, 03:56 PM Reply Like
  • I don't think the french are buying much isn't that why sales are down in the first place?
    20 Feb 2013, 03:59 PM Reply Like
  • i'll pay a little more for his company's tires. it is refreshing to hear people speak their minds and really let others know where they stand. i can't be the only one who is sick of all this political correctness.
    20 Feb 2013, 04:06 PM Reply Like
  • Mr. Taylor should get a medal for calling it as he sees it. He is absolutely correct about not wanting to invest in France. I have first hand knowledge that the French workers do not want to work more than 30 or so hours per week. Their attitudes took down two French petroleum refineries our company acquired from Shell in 2008. The cost of labor and the unwillingness of the labor unions to work with management to make these refineries more productive and competitive lead to their ultimate demise. Both the refinery at Reichstett and the refinery at Petit Couronne are closed and will never be producing refined petroleum products again.
    21 Feb 2013, 05:47 AM Reply Like
  • I think it has less to do with the culture but more to do with the existence of union. I have several French colleague and they are the most hardworking bunch among colleague of other nationalities (Chinese, Spanish, English, Greek, Indian, etc).

     

    I respect the necessity for existence of labour union in a society but most of the time union is just a blood-sucking vampire which sucks out the vigour of a company just to justify their existence because they do not produce anything. In short, they are politicians, and you know what happen when you let politician get involve in managing a for-profit corporation (or anything, really).
    21 Feb 2013, 07:11 AM Reply Like
  • Its not really the union, but the subsidies the union gets from gov. By having gov side with the union, you get a conflict of interest. The union pays for the politicians to get in office, and then the union negotiates with the politician they just paid for against the taxpayer whom the politician is supposed to represent.

     

    A union is fine if it can survive without gov subsidies (law that favor unions and negotiations), but it is a cancer if it gets a subsidy. It creates a death spiral that can only be stopped by a major economic downturn and probably violent revolt.
    21 Feb 2013, 08:30 AM Reply Like
  • Frenchmen, for us, ah! What outrage
    What fury it must arouse!
    It is us they dare plan
    To return to the old slavery!
    21 Feb 2013, 09:34 AM Reply Like
  • These guys are really hot under the collar.

     

    http://bit.ly/YIIBIm
    21 Feb 2013, 09:35 AM Reply Like
  • I heard his rant a few hours ago about this and having visited France a few months ago, what he mentioned about the plants closing and the labor issues are true but I think he forgets that, its the same reason he is mad, that the people in France are mad too.

     

    The government their has been struggling with labor costs, wages, an aging retiring population that has put many of these people out of work through the mid 2000's.

     

    Workers are now given lower working hours, better wages, but more importantly contrats a duree indeterminees - permanent contracts ensuring no layoffs as they work through what, shortly the US, will have to work through as well.
    21 Feb 2013, 06:43 PM Reply Like
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