French bosses in ‘anti-gloom’ demo

The Myanmar Times - - International Business -

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. –

Photo: AFP

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”.

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