When Morrie Taylor visited a Goodyear factory in north Amiens, France, he couldn't believe what he saw: "The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours," the CEO of Titan TWI -3.02% International wrote to French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg earlier this month. "They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three."
The letter, dated February 8, was leaked to the French newspaper Les Echos this week, apparently by the government. The French unions have denounced it as gravely insulting, and so on. Mr. Taylor is unrepentant. ...
"Sir," he wrote, "your letter states that you want Titan to start a discussion. How stupid do you think we are? Titan is the one with the money and the talent to produce tires. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government."
We are amused.