Paraguay's baby-daddy in chief

Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo has been hit with three paternity claims in the past two weeks. As if that weren't embarassing enough, he allegedly fathered the children while he was a catholic bishop:

The president, 57 and single, has admitted fathering one of the children and has not denied the other two paternity claims. There are rumours of yet more revelations in the pipeline.

The scandal has undermined Lugo's image as a moral force for change who would clean up Paraguay's corrupt and stagnant politics. The charismatic former cleric, known as the "bishop of the poor", was elected last year and joined the region's "pink tide" of leftist rulers.

Lugo has cancelled a trip to Washington this week to deal with the allegations.

Interestingly, there's a debate as to whether the scandal will help or hurt Lugo in the long run. His poll numbers have taken a hit but ultimately,  "Lugo has given proof of his virility and that is an inherent attribute that a part of the population expects from its leader," according to one analyst.


"Bossnapping" wave sweeps France

An epidemic of "bossnapping" is sweeping France as employees at French subsidiaries of Sony, Caterpillar, 3M and a Hewlett-Packard have in recent weeks taken their bosses hostage to protest cutbacks. The AP's Greg Keller writes:

So far none of the boss-nappers has been prosecuted and none of the bosses hurt. Workers sometimes even make efforts to make their boss' night at the office more comfortable.

During his boss-napping in March, 3M manager Luc Rousselet told reporters "everything's fine," and workers brought him a meal of mussels and French fries for dinner. [That's him enjoying his meal in the photo above.]

Seizing bosses is not a new tactic in France, with examples of boss-napping dating back decades in a country famous for its strikes and known as a place where workers aren't afraid to put up a fight.

But the phenomenon has jumped to the front pages of French newspapers in recent weeks as the Europe-wide recession has sparked a fresh wave of boss-napping episodes.

Average Frenchmen and women seem to take a forgiving view of the practice. A poll earlier this month showed 55 percent of them judged "justified" boss-nappings, factory and road blockades and other "radical and violent social acts."

French bosses aren't going to take this lying down though:

The phenomenon has sparked a cottage industry in advice for executives worried they could be locked up. One Paris management consultant has begun promoting a "survival kit" for potential boss-napping victims, including a cell phone pre-programmed with the numbers of family, police and a psychologist, and a change of clothes.

Niel is giving his clients a list of "10 anti-boss-napping tips," which include gauging your staff's mutinous instincts beforehand and choosing a neutral observer to calm things down if and when a boss-napping does break out.

I imagine a good number of our readers are sitting at work right now. If your boss is looking at you funny, it's possible he or she might just be "gauging your mutinous instincts."