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Giraffes and Levis

French fashion, food, wine and now a French giraffe. Most French moms buy Sophie for their newborns. Seven inches tall, with brown spots, black eyes and pink cheeks, she is just a rubber toy giraffe t…

A Tale of Two T-Shirts

What if the cost of producing a woman’s polo shirt is $29.57? Its manufacturers would sell it to retailers for $65.00 who then mark it up to a $155.00 selling price. According to the Wall Street…

Let Them Eat McDonald's

By Elizabeth Chrystal, guest blogger. France has long been known as a country of gourmets; it’s famous for its 2-hour lunches, picture-perfect pastries, and dizzying variety of cheeses. But the …

Employee Holidays

Just some facts today on who gets the most paid time off. According to the Economist, looking at a combination of public holidays and annual leave days for which workers have to be paid, Austria, Gree…

How Do You Disconnect the Internet?

As a Vodafone New Zealand customer, events in Egypt directed affected you. With a Cairo based call center that had to be closed, Vodafone said that people needing assistance waited 7 or 8 minutes for …

Silver Job Fairs

It is more likely that a 75 year-old South Korean will be working than a 60 year old Frenchman. According to OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and development) statistics cited by Floyd Norri…

A Smaller Safety Net?

In France, a 24 hour workers’ strike brought retirement rights back to the headlines. Saying that a 60 year old retirement age was no longer affordable, French President Sarkozy has proposed mov…