Originally Posted by pandy
Excellent story in the Times about a chap who died after having sex with a woman whilst away on a business trip was found to be the victim of a workplace accident, for which his employer is in part responsible. Excellent example of how daft French employment law can be, and why I (and many employers) are pretty sanguine about the stuff that comes out of Brussels, which can seem tame by comparison.


I like the reference to Félix Faure, the President who died in his office in the Elysée Palace whilst being fellated by a 30 year old woman. After the event, she was known as "La pompe funebre", and Georges Clemenceau coined a witty epitaph for Faure "Il voulait être César; il ne fut que Pompée" (he wanted to be Caesar, but ended up as Pompey, alternatively, he wanted to be Caesar and ended up having oral sex).

(Pomper in French is also slang for performing oral sex on a man).

I imagine that whilst the employer is held responsible the claim would be covered by insurance, would it not? Of course this then adds, ultimately, to the cost of insurance and thereby the cost of employment. Interesting that the same ruling was made in Australia. The world has indeed gone mad and no one is now responsible for their own actions. You climb through a fence and fall off a cliff and the local council gets sued for not putting up a sign telling you it was dangerous.

The joke about "La pompe funebre" would also work in Italian where a "pompe funebri" is an undertaker's establishment or a funeral home and the word "pompe" could also have connotations of oral sex.


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