Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Social Unrest

Once again, the French are taking to the streets. This time it's in opposition to Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin's "First Employment Contract", a system which would give employers more flexibility in firing young employees. Proponents of the contract argue that it will boost employment and make it easier for young people to get a first job. Opponents claim the system will lead to dreaded précarité, or job insecurity.

Major demonstrations have taken place all over the country, with Toulouse being one of the hotbeds of unrest. Here in la France Profonde, Rodez has seen its share of protests.

Reform attempts often topple French governments. De Villepin is vowing to steer the course; we'll see if he succeeds.

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