Jet2 boss in ‘lazy frogs’ jibe at French

The chairman of British low-cost carrier, Jet2.com has condemned French strikers by posting a message on the company’s website calling for “lazy frogs” to go back to work.

CEO Philip Meeson’s comments are illustrated by a toy frog reclining in front of an air traffic control tower.

The website posting can be seen here

Flights were grounded in France after air-traffic controllers proposed industrial action against plans to introduce contracts for under 26-year-olds that employers can terminate without explanation during a two-year trial period.

In the message published March 30, Meeson wrote: “Jet2.com condemns French strike action and calls for lazy frogs to get back to work!.” He went on to say that he was “appalled and tired” of the industrial action.

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In another entry Meeson posed a question to the strikers: “What exactly are you striking about? Or just in case you don’t understand that “pouvez-vous nous expliquer pourquoi exactement êtes-vous en grève…?”

Meeson’s remarks were widely reported in British newspapers Wednesday, yet were condemned by the French air traffic controllers’ union, who have called Meeson’s language “unacceptable”.

A CGT spokesman was quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying: “If people in France do not agree with the government it is a very good reason (to strike).”

But jet2.com, was unrepentant, telling the Daily Telegraph: “It was tongue in cheek.”


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