The French Socialist Secretary-General Martine Aubry and the President of the PES Poul Nyrup Rasmussen conferred with angry workers near Toulouse from US electronic components maker Molex. They are looking at losing nearly 300 jobs because the car parts factory is not profitable enough. Asked about the European symbolism, Rasmussen replied it was a scandal!The staff here held two managers hostage for a night last week in protest. Aubry said on French television the enterprise was viable and should be saved. Union representatives said the shutdown plan had been premeditated, in order to transfer production to the US. One worker said the visiting politicians seemed well-intentioned: “They listened to us, were shocked by Molex’s management, that a company making a profit can take the money and run, sacking at will!” Aubry said she would be in favour of a law that would make ‘licenciements boursiers’ or ‘stockmarket sackings’ extremely costly for shareholders out to ‘pillage’ a company.