Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

French business leaders are rattled.

French companies are pleased with the liberation of Iraq by U.S.-led forces, a top business leader said Tuesday, calling on American consumers not to boycott French products.
Ernest Antoine Seilliere, the president of MEDEF, France's largest business federation, said French companies were suffering from fallout from the U.S.-France clash over whether to go to war in Iraq.

Arguing that business and diplomacy should be kept separate, Seilliere suggested that the French government position against the war did not mean that French businesses hoped for a U.S. defeat.

"French entrepreneurs ... are today clearly united with those who are pleased by the liberation of Iraq," he told reporters.

"If there are people who don't like the way France behaves in diplomacy, they should send telegrams to our embassies, not stop buying our bottles, our yogurts or our airplanes," he said.

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