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Renault - the new sweatshop

A rude awakening for the labor force accustomed to 35-hour work weeks and les grandes vacances.

Renault plant to be investigated after suicide of three workers

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris
Thursday February 22, 2007
The Guardian

A French prosecutor has opened an inquiry into working conditions at Renault after the third suicide since October at one of the carmaker's state-of-the-art plants.
The latest incident involved a 38-year-old father who died at his home west of Paris last week, leaving a letter blaming work difficulties for his death. In January, another worker killed himself near the ultramodern complex known as the Beehive just outside Paris, where car designs are developed. He had left an account on his computer screen of a bitter exchange with management, according to one union official. A third worker killed himself at the main building in October.

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There is one aspect of life the French are pretty much clueless in, personal responsibility. They have a scapegoat for all of their problems. One thing I learned wile over there, you will NEVER hear a frenchman make the statement "it was my fault". They have to most protected and coddled labor force in the western world.
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Gee, I hope this epidemic of hard work does not spread to far. The Euro is already pretty strong.
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