Taking Your Boss Hostage Just Got Harder in France

Boss-napping, as the practice is known, hit the headlines again this week when workers unhappy with the closing of a Goodyear tire factory in Amiens took the production manager and personnel chief hostage in an effort to negotiate better severance packages.

French President Francois Hollande is, supposedly, a Socialist, for whom equality is the most important of the three French revolutionary goals. Yet it was on his watch that the police finally interfered with what has become something of a tradition among French workers: the taking of their bosses as hostages in labor negotiations.

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