French President Emmanuel Macron apparently thinks South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s focus on attracting businesses is good leadership. He’s making his own “Open for Business” pitch:
Emmanuel Macron used the splendor of the Palace of Versailles to woo international business leaders on Monday, insisting that his reforms are attracting investors despite six weeks of crippling protests and walkouts over his plan to overhaul the retirement system.
…Macron hosted 180 international business leaders, including top executives from Google, Netflix, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Samsung and General Electric. Many executives were stopping en route to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland [Sylvie Corbet, “France’s Macron Tells Global CEOs: We’re Open for Business,” AP, 2020.01.20].
With all the labor turmoil and the rampant socialism about which Trumpistani Republicans like Noem always warn us about, you’d think France would never get visits, let alone investments from big capitalists. But there they are—
Coca-Cola said it would invest 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) over the next five years in France, including in its Dunkirk plant.
Japanese automaker Toyota said last week it will build a new car model at its plant in Valenciennes, northern France, which represents 400 jobs and 100 million euros ($110 million) in investments [Corbet, 2020.01.20].
Gee whiz: South Dakota offers those giant corporations low taxes, low regulation, and low wages, and all we get are giant feedlots. Those CEOs must be blind to choose the merits of a socialist country like France where workers vigorously exercise their rights over South Dakota’s ever-pliant workforce and government.