Angry French workers at a Caterpillar plant in Grenoble released four managers they had held hostage for 24 hours after the company agreed to reopen negotiations on planned layoffs.
President Nicolas Sarkozy also offered to meet union leaders to hear their demands. The workers barricaded the executives in their office after talks on layoffs of 700 workers broke down. They allowed food to be brought in but subjected the hapless bosses to – mon Dieu! – revolutionary rock music.