10."Lazy" French workers. When French Industrial Development Minister Arnaud Montebourg wrote a letter in 2013 to Maurice Taylor, CEO of US tyre giant Titan asking if he would take over the Amiens Goodyear tyre plant, he got this response. "How stupid do you think we are? [French workers] get an hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three." Montebourg called Taylor an "extremist", and Taylor slammed the "nutcases from a communist union."