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Riot police are covered with paint during clashes with protesters in front of tyremaker Goodyear's headquarters in France. Photo: Reuters

French fume over mocking snub by US businessman

The grim routine of economic life in Europe and efforts to get to grips with intractable problems of high unemployment, heavy deficits and debts were enlivened last week by an extraordinary spat between an American industrialist nicknamed "The Grizz", outraged French workers and a Socialist minister.