The Agence France-Presse
is reporting that Serge Foucher, president of Sony France, is being held "hostage" by angry workers whose plant is about to close. "He won't listen to us, we didn't find any other solution," said the union spokesman. Foucher had come to the video tape manufacturing plant at Pontonx-sur-l'Adour in southwest France to meet with the 311 workers one more time before the plant's closure. Unhappy with the compensation offered, the workers barricaded the entry with tree trunks late Thursday night. Look, times are tough, but let's be civil, ok? Besides, demand for video tapes is certainly not at risk.