Skip to comments.France's political crisis grows as 3 million take to streets
Posted on 04/05/2006 7:28:31 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
Police fought running battles with rioters in central Paris last night as youths attacked officers with bangers, bottles and concrete at the end of a mass demonstration against a youth employment law that has caused a political crisis for Jacques Chirac's ruling party.
Trade unionists and student leaders said up to three million people took to the streets across France yesterday - the second time in eight days that the country has seen its biggest street demonstrations in almost 40 years. The protests, including one by hundreds of thousands of students and scholars who marched through central Paris, were mainly peaceful.
They were marked by a carnival atmosphere somewhere between a victory parade for the demonstrators and a funeral march for the "first employment law" as the ruling party prepared to begin negotiating its way out of the crisis.
Police fired teargas in Paris's Place d'Italie last night after groups of students and youths, some from the suburbs, attacked police lines.
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Oops...sorry...the Frogs are screwd!
Amazing to see a whole country come unglued.
Laugh all you want down under where you walk (and think?) upside down from us. But try to imagine a semi-serious attempt to reform social security or foo stams in this country. The entire state of Florida, Detroit, Oakland and Houston would be on fire, matey!
...youths attacked officers with bangers
What a waste of perfectly good bangers...
Is it a Civil War in France yet?
Oh...I forgot the MSM said that was in Iraq.
I've never seen a civilized people so dedicated to the concept of not working.
Dear me, that is a poorly-armed police force.
Typical European nuanced response to proposed change.
France has nuclear weapons. Forget about what happened to the ones missing in the Ukraine. Start worrying about what will happen to the ones left in France when the Muslims take over!
Perhaps they were spoiled ... oh wait, that was the kippers.
There was a French version of a Free Republic.com; does anybody know the name of it. I forgot the site name.
Liberte Cherie is a like-minded organization over there, trying to fight the union oppression and such.
The one I used had a system where it translated to English.
I don't think the Frogs have 3 million bullets rounds in the entire country!
I just don't get it with these French. Haven't said too much, and employees deserve certain protections, but if people are not performing on the job well, an employer ought to be able to get rid of them.
We do have a lot of protected employees in this country, too, especially government workers. It's almost impossible to fire them.
Private sector employers can lay off employees pretty much at will if they aren't unionized. The worst that can happen is that they can get a discrimination suit slapped against them and/or they will have to pey unemployment benefits. That works kind of odd, too. They go back to your previous employer first. You might have quit that job and they still have to pay. If you did not do an adequate job or were a troublemaker, they did not have to pay unemployment if they fired you.
This business with the French has me stymied. Nobody should be guaranteed a job for life if they are not doing a decent job. That's why so many slacked off under communism; there was little incentive to perform well, and it bogged down their whole system.
Most Europeans don't seem to think like we do. I've read some of their comments and they look down their noses at our system. But they get ticked off when we can get consumer items they can't or have to pay a lot more for.
As I said, go right ahead and feel superior to them Frogs!
Yep! They need no help in this department. The only thing that will change them will be to get taken over by an outside power.
Let the frogs sink under their Islamic Masters....The Paris runways will feature the latest Burkas :)
That's what I thought. A sausage to the chops? Very strange!
Naw, nothing to worry about. The Muslims aren't going to take over, the next government will...be...uh...Socialist...
Ooooooo, bangers and mash,..yum.
Meat and potatoes, all around the world, the staff of life.
"....three million people took to the streets..."
Expect this same (or worse) scenario here if we don't expel all illegals immediately.
Translation: muslims, some from the outlying projects,
French Students Take to Streets Over New Employment Law
A new law aimed at reducing youth unemployment (currently 23 percent) by making it easier to hire and fire young workers has sparked an outcry of opposition from the intended beneficiaries. As many as 1.5 million people participated in street demonstrations to protest the First Job Contract law passed by Parliament.
Jacques Esse, one of the students leading the protest, denounced the law. They are trying to take away our leisure and force us into boring jobs, said Esse. We need money, not excessive demands on our time.
Esse contends that forcing young people into the workforce will have anti-democratic impacts. Who will march in the streets to protest bad laws if everyone has jobs? asked Esse.
Esse demanded that the government save his generation from a life of meaningless toil. Our time and our minds should be free to create the new ideas needed for a new millennium, said Esse. Esse proposed that corporations and the rich be taxed to provide stipends for young intellectuals like himself.
Asked what new ideas for a new millennium he has, Esse responded that his proposed stipends for young intellectuals was just the first of many he was sure would be forthcoming if he isnt bogged down by a dead-end job and has the time to work on them.
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WTH. Doesn't anyone work any more.
Where is everyone going to the bathroom?OOOOPPPS,sorry,dumb question!
The Police have probably surrendered by now...
Translation: muslims, some from the outlying projects,
I see you speak the language. Well done. Spot on.
While I don't subscribe the the "broken window" economic theory, there should be plenty of short-term post-riot cleanup jobs available, right?
The French Sh!t in their pants.
The more they have, the more they want. Ingrates.
It will happen here if President Bush doesn't get serious about illegal immigrants.
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The amount of them food stamps we giv eout is down.
Fewer people on the dole than most any other first world country except Japan.
"Let them eat cake"...worked in their past.
The French are revolting.
I mean that post had to come from The Onion.
I thought they "Mashed" them with "Bangers"!
.....The French are revolting.....
Strictly speaking, the government is revolting by proposing change. The French populationshas gone to the streets to prevent the revolutionary change.
I can just imagine.I leave a French restaurant,overpriced,the service is lousy,and full of frog legs,caviar.and snails with a fancy name.I walk out into a throng of 3 million.and then it hits you.You get the sudden urge to use the bathroom.[not #1 but #2]What would you do?But,like you said,when in Rome,etc.Yec!
The only alternative is to buy Depends.
Great thought!But it would 'depend'on what brand to use.I would go for the french ones as they start at an earlier age,therefore,they have the design down pat!
The French just can't address their minority problems.