Monday, November 10, 2014

The Art of Protesting

This made me laugh so hard! Frenchmen really do master the art of protesting. Back in high school, I saw a picture in one of my textbooks depicting farmers dumping cabbage on the street. They must have been French, or maybe Belgian, I can't remember for sure, but they're still doing it.

During a recent protest of French farmers in Marseille on November 5, 2014, demonstrators throw apples at the riot policemen. (Photo credit: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images)

The Frenchmen also invented something called "bossnapping": taking your boss hostage. One incident that got widespread media attention was the bossnapping of Caterpillar managers in 2009 when 700 workers were to be laid off:

"We are holding them in the director's office," Benoit Nicolas, a union official, told AFP during the stunt, or sequestration, as it is known in France. The hostages included Nicolas Polutnick, the factory director, and the head of human resources. "They are a little shocked," Nicolas said.

And to end this post, sheep run into the Louvre museum in Paris:

Atlantic piece via @jkottke.

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