The Upside Down World

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

"Let's all get together and defend high unemployment" day in France

To us Americans, the riots and protests going on in France over proposed changes which would make it easier for companies to hire and fire people under the age of 26 are completely unfathomable. In his World Opinion Roundup on the Washington Post, Jefferson Morely looks at several international reports and some of the deep cultural issues which are influencing this seemingly incomprehensible lack of logic on the part of the French protesters. I still think they're completely bonkers, but it is an interesting, somewhat informative piece if you want to take a look. I can't find a link right now, but I particularly liked one protestor who said, "if they pass this law, we'll be like slaves for the employers - we'll have to do every little thing they tell us to do or they can fire us." Words just fail me.


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