Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Our Allies, Our Betters, The French!

Monsieur Chirac, on international diplomacy; although we will apply it further below:

'I have one simple principle in foreign affairs. I look at what the Americans are doing and then do the opposite. That way I can be sure I'm right.'

Meanwhile, state-supported students strike (well, riot, actually) for the right to remain...unemployable. And to this nonsense France will surrender:

PARIS Facing crippling strikes and growing unrest, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin discussed watering down his new labor law with members of Parliament on Tuesday.
While the prime minister has repeatedly refused to withdraw the law, legislators from his governing Union for a Popular Movement said there was a growing consensus that it must be amended to make it more palatable to opponents.
Villepin himself suggested possible changes at a meeting early Tuesday with legislators from his party.
The law gives companies the right to hire people under 26 years old for a two-year trial period, during which they can be fired without cause.
Tens of thousands of high school and university students marched in major cities Tuesday, with some violence breaking out in Paris, where a group of youths smashed the windows and rear- view mirrors of cars along a street behind the Sorbonne.
Hotel workers on the street, rue Gay- Lussac, said fights also broke out between groups of students.
Meanwhile, a man told Agence France-Presse that on Saturday night he saw riot policemen beat a man unconscious during a melee after a protest.
The victim, a 39-year-old postal worker and union member, Cyril Ferez, briefly regained consciousness but then lapsed into a coma, the news agency reported.

Ah, socialism in action...since a job is a human right; getting fired would be a violation of the same, and hence, employers must keep on even the worst employees. Too bad it is completely incompatible with capitalism; that's why the unemployment rates for the under-30 crowd in France is close to 25% . Probably one of the reasons why they have the highest unemployment rate overall, and the slowest growing economy, in virtually the whole European Union. And of course, when in doubt, riot, strike, burn cars - you know, act French!

Not to bright, these French kids:

The young — those most in need of a leg up — heaped scorn on a law intended to help them...

Let us revist Mr. Chirac's quote above - the meat of it, anyway:

I look at what the Americans are doing and then do the opposite. That way I can be sure I'm right.

And how is that working for you, Jacques?

U.S. college graduates are facing the best job market since 2001, with business, computer, engineering, education and health care grads in highest demand, a report by an employment consulting firm showed on Monday.

Ah, certainly delivered to the people what you promised! But...still so sure that you are right?

Story covered tightly at No Parasan! and E-nough!

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