The world at a glance . . . Europe
Villemur-sur-Tarn, FranceMore ‘boss-napping’: French workers angry over the proposed closing of the Molex plant this week locked two managers inside the U.S.-owned auto-parts factory for more than 24 hours, in the latest case of “boss-napping.” The two managers had called a meeting with union reps to discuss laying off some 300 people, and the union activists refused to let the managers leave until they agreed to renegotiate. “We were told that we were committing an offense,” said union official Denis Parise, “but is it worse than putting 300 workers on the streets?” In several similar cases across France in recent weeks, other “boss-napped” managers have been released unharmed, and almost all have agreed to new negotiations.
RomeNo cut for Mafia: Italy has set up a special team of financial investigators to prevent the Mafia from getting hold of earthquake reconstruction money. Some $20 billion in government and charity relief money is flowing into the Abruzzo region for rebuilding efforts in the wake of the April 6 quake that killed nearly 300 people and toppled some 10,000 buildings. After past Italian disasters, the Mafia has siphoned off a good chunk of aid money, and the government says it is determined not to let that happen again. “There is no alarm yet, but legitimate concern,” said Piero Grasso, head of Italy’s anti-Mafia operations. “Prevention is key.”