Saturday, March 18, 2006

French Youth Misses Point

Ahhh France. Never been there, this story from the BBC (!) suggests that the youth of that country don't really 'get' the idea of looking for a job, or keeping one based on merit, or loosing one because .... stuff happens.

Here, Physics student Judith Duportail, a demonstrator, and Economics student Victor Vidilles, who is he helping to organise Saturday's march, explain why it is important that the government backs down over its labour reforms.

Judith Duportail blamed the violence on "provocative students"
It is wrong to make it easier to hire and to fire people here in France.

I know it is the case in other countries, but there you don't have to wait months and months, perhaps even years, to get another job like you do here. I agree we must be flexible, but not like this."

I guess that would be 'inflexable flexability' she seeks.

New law expected to create thousands of new law-enforcement jobs. Posted by Picasa

Judith says that France can never hope to compete with China and India in terms of cheapness of labour, so has to work hard to find other competitive advantages, such as more funding for high-tech industries in order to create new jobs.

Judith's father is a philosophy professor at the Sorbonne, her mother a psychoanalyst. She will be out on the streets again this Saturday, hoping that if enough people join the demonstrations, they could prove a turning point in forcing the government to retract its new deal for the young.

She's thrown in the towel on being competitive and wants new 'advantages', funds from on high to cover their sorry butts. Given the low productivity in the country and the huge overhead to institutionalize it, I guess they'll just have to sell more weapons.
But she was upset by Thursday's violence on the streets around the Sorbonne, which saw a bookshop and some cars set ablaze.

... and which group is known for THAT kind of behaviour?
"It was a minority of provocative students who were responsible, some from the far right," she said.

This Saturday, Judith hopes, will be better-organised, bigger and more effective.

France; where standing at a trough is a right. Posted by Picasa

Globalization or rather the requirement of acknowledging there are other countries willing to actually work towards a goal instead of legislate it is a threat to socially engineered countries like France.

Their 'jobs-for-life' society is not a sustainable development and they're trying to put a new shade of lipstick on their couchon. Would that be le nanny-state or la nanny-state?

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