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Titan boss Taylor tells French they have 'beautiful women' but 'no idea how to run a business'
The Telegraph ^ | 2/22/2013 | Henry Samuel, in Paris

Posted on 02/23/2013 12:11:51 AM PST by bruinbirdman

An American tyre tycoon has fired off a second virulent missive to France's industry minister, saying his country has “beautiful women and fantastic wine” but “no idea how to run a business”.

Maurice Taylor - chief executive of Titan International - had already incensed 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”.

"Be assured that you can count on me to inspect your tyre imports with a redoubled zeal."

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 02/23/2013 12:11:58 AM PST by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

I would make this comment....for what it takes 100 French men to accomplish...the same could be done with sixty Japanese men.


2 posted on 02/23/2013 12:32:32 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

No. Six Japanese men and their robot that they set up on the spot.

If no automation is permitted, then thirty Japanese.


3 posted on 02/23/2013 12:50:39 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Remember when Morry Taylor ran for President in 1996?


4 posted on 02/23/2013 12:51:34 AM PST by iowamark
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To: bruinbirdman

On a bad day, an American woman is far more beautiful than a French woman on a good day.

The whole mystique of French romance and “amour” has been overdone for decades.


5 posted on 02/23/2013 1:24:19 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: bruinbirdman

Ok, when does he write a letter to 0 and his voters?


6 posted on 02/23/2013 1:41:46 AM PST by Post5203 (I bought 6 marines a beer at a bar recently and not one said thanks. I won't do that again.)
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To: pepsionice

I’d go farther and say that 100 ambitious Frenchmen couldn’t do the work of 60 average Japanese men. Sure there exceptions. But in sum? Hard work is ingrained in the very culture of Japan whereas avoiding hard work is the core culture of France.

Some of the highest divorce rates there are come from Japanese ‘salarymen’ working 16 hour days for months on end. The French? Find more than a handful that ever worked like that.


7 posted on 02/23/2013 2:01:02 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: bruinbirdman
Maurice Taylor - chief executive of Titan International - had already incensed 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”.

We notice that the industry minister avoided addressing the charge that the country's "workers" put in three hours a day with the rest spent eating and talking. Perhaps it is true. Perhaps it is partially true and a goal of the unions.

We would like to hear more about the validity of that charge, instead of being told comments are extremist and insulting. To what extent are Taylor's comments true, and what does the French minister plan to do about it? We know that the French are practicing "from each according to his ability" and "to each according to his need." How does that socialist philosophy address the low productivity?

8 posted on 02/23/2013 3:05:56 AM PST by olezip
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To: bruinbirdman
"Be assured that you can count on me to inspect your tyre imports with a redoubled zeal."

So ... a businessman gets into a slightly robust exchange of opinions, and he is immediately threatened by a government official with regulatory harassment.

This is the point at which a competent U.S. government would fire off a letter of its own saying that discriminatory treatment of U.S. exports will not be tolerated, and that we will redouble our scrutiny of French practices in this area and retaliate against French exports to the U.S. if discriminatory treatment is found.

That is what a competent U.S. government would do if it is committed to increasing U.S. exports, which the Obama administration claims as a goal. Waiting.

9 posted on 02/23/2013 3:32:29 AM PST by sphinx
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To: Jack Hammer
beautiful women-->fact
more beautiful women-->opinion

What is an "American woman," anyway? California-type? Midwest-type? Southern-type?

10 posted on 02/23/2013 4:05:20 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: bruinbirdman
The french developed perfume because their beautiful women stunk like sows.

The french sauces were used to cover meat so spoiled that even the dogs wouldn't eat it.

I've been to france and we should have let the krauts keep it, they are the most arrogant, condescending, elite dweebs on the planet and they have no reason to be.

Let them eat cow patties with fromage.

11 posted on 02/23/2013 4:05:38 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: sphinx

Uh, the Obama Administration is too busy driving our manufacturers overseas to notice.


12 posted on 02/23/2013 4:07:39 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: USS Alaska

I went to a small French town in the middle of nowhere, and they wouldn’t let me buy drinks at the bar (when they found out I was American).


13 posted on 02/23/2013 4:09:12 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: bruinbirdman

Funny story: I was sent to a French company near Orleans once to watch the test-firing of an armored vehicle mounted mortar. I arrived in the morning, watched a presentation by company marketing folks and then went to a lunch in the company cafeteria. Huge, excellent lunch - with wine - which was exactly the same as all of the workers for that company. The lunch hour and a half was finally finished and we went to the firing range to watch the demonstration. The armored vehicle’s driver didn’t show up to move it to the firing point - and he was the only one permitted by the union to drive it - and we waited and waited. Finally, he was driven up to the vehicle and he was very clearly falling-down drunk! They poured him into the vehicle and he lurched and swerved to the firing point and then promptly passed out. The rest of the demonstration went fine but the French were offended by our laughing...


14 posted on 02/23/2013 4:10:26 AM PST by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: olezip
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”.

"Stinky pits and all, baby!"

15 posted on 02/23/2013 4:53:31 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: USS Alaska

I have to say, that crossing the Rhine, from Germany to France, one was struck by the stark and obvious differences. Even though in those days, 1975, Germany still wore war scars here and there, it was strikingly cleaner, the people bore themselves with greater energy and vigor, appeared more industrious and committed to whatever they were doing. French languor is not just a cliche.


16 posted on 02/23/2013 4:59:53 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
I have to say, that crossing the Rhine, from Germany to France, one was struck by the stark and obvious differences.

I find the same is true when I go from VA to anywhere North and East. Going to NJ is like going to some God awful cold dreary East Block throwback hell hole. It is SOOOO f-ing depressing.

17 posted on 02/23/2013 5:08:36 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Do you mean that the locals bought your drinks for you, or that they threw you out?


18 posted on 02/23/2013 5:08:52 AM PST by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: Jack Hammer

Agreed on that point. French women are a hairier, generally more disagreeable sort than women from the elsewheres of life.


19 posted on 02/23/2013 5:09:06 AM PST by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: Jack Hammer

Indiscriminate coupling is not that attractive


20 posted on 02/23/2013 5:13:30 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: HartleyMBaldwin

Sorry for being unclear. They bought, I drank.


21 posted on 02/23/2013 5:57:54 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: nonliberal

I think we missed the point of his comment on the women and the wine...he was throwing them a “bone” and preparing for another insult. Just a rhetorical device.


22 posted on 02/23/2013 6:08:22 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: nonliberal

I think we missed the point of his comment on the women and the wine...he was throwing them a “bone” and preparing for another insult. Just a rhetorical device.


23 posted on 02/23/2013 6:08:50 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Spktyr

I disagree with the original post, while French women are beautiful, I’m more partial to Italian wine than French wine. As for the six Asians and their robot doing the work of one hundred Frenchmen... You forgot to factor in that thirty of the Frenchmen would convert to Islam, riot, and burn parts of your factory and town. Seventy or so would form a union, demand unreasonable wage, benefit, and vacation deals, then go out on strike anyway. Meanwhile the Asians would have created a beautiful rock garden in their spare time, built a dojo, and started teaching kids self defense and discipline.


24 posted on 02/23/2013 6:10:45 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: 1rudeboy

I like them all and appreciate their beauty and differences. A beautiful as some women are, it would be a tragedy if they all looked to much alike.


25 posted on 02/23/2013 6:13:59 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I was stationed in Germany 1981-83. I was out hiking one Saturday in June on their excellent trails when I saw a party of men & women walking eastbound; they approached & started asking me directions in French, as indeed they all were French.

With my knowledge of WWII I replied, “What in the world are you doing here in Germany!?”

“Oh, we come here all the time in summer! We like vacationing in Germany because here, it’s so clean & everything works!”

Couldn’t argue with that.


26 posted on 02/23/2013 6:20:14 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: 1rudeboy

I thought that was the case, but I couldn’t resist. I spent a little time in France (40 years ago this summer — where did the time go?), and almost everyone was friendly, except in Paris, and not all Parisians were rude, either.


27 posted on 02/23/2013 6:37:16 AM PST by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: elcid1970

Ja, stimmt! (Exactement!)


28 posted on 02/23/2013 6:44:55 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: bruinbirdman

Back in the 90’s I was seeing an attractive young French woman from Cannes before I eventually met my wife. During that time I was doing business with a Chinese guy in California and he once told me “French girlfriend, Chinese wife”.

And 12 years and 2 children later I can say it was the best advice I ever took from someone.


29 posted on 02/23/2013 6:48:04 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great natiorn is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: HartleyMBaldwin

Qui beaulté ot trop plus qu’humaine?
Mais où sont les neiges d’antan!


30 posted on 02/23/2013 6:49:39 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: bruinbirdman
An American tyre tycoon has fired off a second virulent missive to France's industry minister, saying his country has “beautiful women and fantastic wine” but “no idea how to run a business”.

The fist point is debatable, the second point is not, and the third point is a given.

31 posted on 02/23/2013 6:55:27 AM PST by 0.E.O
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Villon got that right.


32 posted on 02/23/2013 6:58:13 AM PST by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

“Mais où sont les neiges d’antan!”
- Al de la Gore, Warmiste Globale
(dans l’Introduction de son Pepe le Pew Research Grant)


33 posted on 02/23/2013 7:20:55 AM PST by Chad N. Freud (FR is the modern equivalent of the Committees of Correspondence. Let other analogies arise.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I have to throw in for my Indian counterparts. They seem to have the best balance of the bunch. Good, solid homelife and excellent work ethics...


34 posted on 02/23/2013 7:28:37 AM PST by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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