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Angry workers take boss hostage

Striking French workers took their boss hostage today in an effort to get improved redundancy terms.

The director of 3M's operations in the country was held at a plant south of Paris.

It was the second time this month that a senior executive has been taken hostage by workers angry over planned cuts. Two weeks ago the head of Sony France was held over a factory closure near Bordeaux.

In the latest incident about 20 workers seized Luc Rousselet at the factory in Pithiviers. A company spokeswoman said Rousselet he had not been threatened.

The French division of 3M - a diversified US manufacturer known for Post-It notes and Scotch tape - recently announced redundancies among its 2,700 workers at 13 French sites. Among those targeted are 110 of the Pithiviers factory's 235 workers.

3M is also planning job cuts at facilities in the United States and other developed nations.

"We will go to the end to get what we deserve," said Jean-Francois Caparros of the Force Ouvriere labour union.

The 3M workers have been on strike since Friday.

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