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FACTBOX: French "bossnappings" multiply as crisis bites

PARIS (Reuters) - French workers protesting job cuts have detained managers at factories across the country in recent weeks in a spate of so-called “bossnapping” incidents. Here are some of the main cases:

March 13 - Workers at a Sony plant in Pontonx-sur-l’Adour in southwestern France detain the chief executive of the Japanese group’s French arm and several other executives overnight to demand better layoff terms when their factory shuts down in April.

March 24 - Workers at pharmaceuticals group 3M detain a factory director for over 24 hours to protest plans to cut 110 jobs out of 235 at a plant in Pithiviers in central France.

March 31 - Workers at Caterpillar Inc detain four managers after the U.S. construction and mining equipment maker announces plans to lay off 733 staff out of a total of 2,700 at a site in southeastern France.

March 31 - Riot police intervene to free French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, head of retail and luxury group PPR, after shop workers angry at plans to cut 1,200 jobs from two of his stores block him in a taxi for an hour.

April 8 - Workers hold four managers overnight at a plant owned by British tape maker Scapa Group to protest plans to close the site at Bellegarde in southern France.

April 16 - Staff at FM Logistic Woippy in northeastern France detain five managers for a day over plans to cut 475 jobs by May 2010.

April 21 - Staff at a factory run by U.S. electronic components maker Molex hold two managers overnight to protest against the closure of a plant in Villemur-sur-Tarn, near Toulouse, in southwestern France.

On the same day, workers from tyre maker Continental trash a local authority building in Compiegne, near Paris and a building at the company site in nearby Clairoix.