French bosses in ‘anti-gloom’ demo
AROUND 700 French executives and business chiefs zoomed down Paris’ famed Champs Elysees avenue on battered blue mopeds on September 11 in a bid to combat a climate of economic gloom.
Decked out in matching blue capes and pink helmets, the bosses zipped down the boulevard on their Motobecane mopeds, much beloved in France during the 1970s.
Organisers said the event was an “apolitical” attempt to boost confidence in the French economy – which is expanding, though barely – and show solidarity with employees.
“It’s an anti-crisis, anti-gloom message,” organiser Dominique Ravon told AFP. “The goal is for entrepreneurs and their employees to come and show that everything is alright.”
Remi Peraud, a bank manager, said he wanted to show that “bosses know how to have fun”.
The event was also designed to allow business chiefs to discuss new potential collaborations, organisers said in a statement.
France’s economy grew 0.7 percent in the first quarter but fell back to zero growth in the second, according to EU statistics agency Eurostat.
But in a glimmer of brighter news, unemployment dropped below 10pc for the first time since 2012 last quarter, at 9.6pc. –
Around 700 entrepreneurs ride their old blue mopeds on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on September 11, during the 2016 “Grand prix meule bleue”.