Fired French Sony Workers Free CEO Hostage

Boss's visit to videotape plant lasts through the night
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2009 6:46 AM CDT
Members of the Confederation Generale du Travail, a powerful French union, held the CEO of Sony's French division hostage overnight.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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(Newser) – The CEO of the French arm of Sony was held hostage overnight by laid-off employees at a videotape plant being shut down, the Guardian reports. He was released this morning on the condition that he go directly to talks with trade unionists, who are upset at the size of their severance packages. "He won't listen to us," said a union delegate. "We didn't find any other solution." Serge Foucher spent the night in a barricaded office.