For reasons somewhat unknown a previously unknown CEO named Maurice Taylor has decided to openly impugn and insult the French. Seeking to purchase a French factory, Mr. Taylor ultimately declined, citing the lack of work ethic and other labor problems at the factory in particular in and in
in general. He then got into a public shouting match with a member of the
Maurice Taylor - chief executive of Titan International - had alreadyincensed the French once this week by saying the country's “so-called” workers put in “three hours a day” with the rest spent eating and talking.
Industry minister Arnaud Montebourg hit back in a written response in which he told Mr Taylor his comments were “extremist and insulting” and displayed “a perfect ignorance of what our country is about”.
Not smart enough to leave well enough alone, Mr. Taylor has again responded in the tones of what used to be, and maybe still is, called the Ugly American.
Mr Taylor has today responded: "You letter shows the extent to which your political class is out of touch with [real] world problems”.
"You call me an extremist, but most businessmen would agree that I must be nuts to have the idea to spend millions of US dollars to buy a tyre factory in France paying some of the highest wages in the world."
Now Mr. Taylor’s complaint with
France is, to put it in objective terms, the
fact that in France
productivity is low and the labor markets make it difficult to do business in France. Ok, that may well be true. But the proper response by people like Mr.
Taylor is to simply shut up and not do business there. Instead Mr. Taylor somehow thinks it is his
duty to publically defame the entire country.
How is that helpful?