Tuesday, April 01, 2003

This is getting freakin' silly. French's, the mustard concern, has issues a press release stating that they are not, per se, French, so please lay off with the boycotts already!

On a more sinister front, 59 Republican members of the House are asking the Pentagon to cancel food service contracts with Sodexho, a subsidiary of France's Sodexho SA headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD. The company has around 110,000 employees in the US, part of the more than 600,000 american jobs provided by French owned companies.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), whose district includes Sodexho's US headquarters, points out that setting off a trade war isn't going to help anyone:

"If the foreign governments that disagree with U.S. policy toward Iraq should respond in a similar fashion by canceling contracts with American companies, many more American jobs and companies would be at risk."

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