Those French come up with the most wonderful ideas.
PARIS (AP) With its long vacations, short hours and myriad workers'
rights, France has a reputation for being a hard place to do business.
Now add this to the mix: A law working its way through parliament
would grant amnesty to workers who have ransacked their company's
offices or threatened their bosses during a labor dispute.
Tensions and even confrontation between unions and management have
long been the norm in France. Strikes and protests have periodically
paralyzed the country. The country saw a raft of "boss-nappings" in
2009 as companies tried to lay off staff during the first wave of the
financial crisis. In 2010, workers opposed to raising the retirement
age shut down refineries for weeks, choking transport around France.
The new bill, which was written by senators from the Communist and
other far left parties, has sparked debate about whether the country,
under the leadership of Socialist President Francois Hollande, is
becoming more hostile to business.