The workers at a British-owned enterprise in France have been on strike this week, the Daily Telegraph reports, because the management speaks only English (voici un reportage en français). The workers want a plant director who speaks French, with whom they can communicate. As the CGT union delegate put it, “I don’t think it’s up to us to make the effort to speak English. We’re French workers based in France.”
Duh. This would be justified even for the Paris office of a Fortune 500 company but the enterprise in question is in Saint-Marcellin-en-Forez, a village of 4000 inhabitants some 75 km SW of Lyon, in deepest France profonde. I doubt there are too many English-speakers down that way but even if there were, so what? The Telegraph’s
nitwit reporter, though, seems to attribute such job actions to France’s “notoriously nationalistic workforce.” Gimme a frigging break! I’d like to see the “nationalistic” reaction of the personnel of a French-owned enterprise in some town in the East Midlands if they had to deal with a Francophone only management. All I can say is vive la grève!