French media executives "bossnapped" over pay spat
ORLEANS, France (AFP) - Workers at a French newspaper group were holding two senior executives hostage on Wednesday in the latest in a wave of "bossnapping" protests by employees facing lay-offs.
About 25 workers at the Centre France/La Montagne media group were holding company head Gilles Cremillieux and human resources chief Jerome Riviere at the headquarters of the La Republique du Centre newspaper in the town of Saran in central France.
Cremillieux said in a text message that the two executives had been held since Tuesday evening.
Discontent has been simmering since the Centre France/La Montagne group, which employs some 1,200 people, announced plans to close a printing centre and lay off 78 workers, in line with efforts to increasingly focus on electronic media.