Friday

26th May 2017

Sexy Polish plumber to woo French

The Polish tourist agency in Paris has posted a picture of a sexy Polish plumber in an attempt to entice French visitors to the country, as well as to poke fun at the negative stereotypes surrounding Polish workers in France.

The image, which apppeared on the agency's homepage on Wednesday (15 June), shows a muscly hunk in overalls brandishing a suggestive grey pipe at groin level, with scenes of Polish mountains and waterfalls in the background.

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  • The Polish plumber in all his glory... (Photo: Polish tourist information office in Paris)

The legend "Welcome to Poland" appears in the top left hand-side corner.

"This is not an official Polish campaign, we just did it as a joke as there has been a lot of talk about Polish plumbers during the recent referendum [on the constitution]", a source at the tourism bureau said.

She added, "We have had a lot of reactions to it already, most of them in good humour".

The Polish plumber recently came to prominence in French public debate, becoming a symbol for undesirable eastern European workers who come to France to earn cash on the black while costing French service providers their jobs.

The Polish plumber emerged during the discussions surrounding the EU constitution in May, as well as during the ongoing scrap over the services directive, which proposes that service providers from new member states should be able to work in old Europe on the basis of their domestic labour regulations.

Paris is taking the situation seriously however, with the French daily, Liberation, reporting that the parliament on Thursday voted in favour of a text stating that any foreign enterprise willing to establish a branch in France must submit to French working conditions.

Germany has also taken measures to bring in a minimum wage law to combat so-called social dumping in the past few months.

Meanwhile, Slovakia is inciting its unemployed to go and work abroad, with an "expatriation allowance" soon to be offered to those willing to take the plunge, Le Figaro reports.

Parents of EU children win right to stay

Countries cannot automatically refuse residence to parents of EU children simply because the other parent could care for the minor, the EU's top court ruled on Wednesday.

EU parliament shelves NGO funding proposal

The report, which aimed to improve scrutiny on the EU's financing of civil society, was postponed after Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orban, compared it to a controversial Hungarian bill.

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