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The French strike back

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It seems the French are at it again. In the light of slowing economies and job growth, governments are looking for ways to cut down on spending.

The French government has proposed a plan to increase retirement age in France from 60 to 62. The result? Total chaos.

French workers are going into the streets over the proposed increase in retirement age,  shutting down oil refineries and universities across the country.

Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux has told police to “limit the use of force to what is strictly necessary” when dealing with any student unrest at Saturday’s protests, the fifth in less than six weeks. Over 340,000  protested in Paris alone, and over a million nationwide.

“We’re prepared to demonstrate under the snow if it takes that long,” Airbus worker Stephane Thibault, 37, told AFP at a demonstration in the southern city of Toulouse.

“We’re mobilized, everyone seems motivated. With right-wing governments, we know you have to resist,” he said.

Strikes have closed down 10 of 12 oil refineries in the country, despite riot police being dispatched to keep the peace.

The lack of fuel has closed down two of France’s main airports.

This is all kind of amazing considering how much solidarity there is amongst french workers. Even when there is discussion of change to policy, 1 million people go into the streets and the government must either concede or come to a middle ground with the people’s will.

Are American’s pouring into the streets to protest lack of health care or wall street reform? No.  It is amazing to see when people come together they can actually get things done, too bad its in another country.

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Written by lollingvagabond

October 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I do love how they came together for a cause so quickly and so passionately. However, there are people in other countries who have to work until the day they die, and under much worse conditions. I completely understand their stance, and admire their efforts, but find it a little shallow at the same time.


    October 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm

  2. Don’t be silly, Laurence. Once winter rolls through, the snow is going to have the french wanting crepes so bad that they will agree to work until they are 160-years-old.
    Dire times won’t see dire measures.


    October 29, 2010 at 4:26 am

  3. I also like their sense of unity, but I remember back to the last time I had Dr. Gates for a class and he said there were many days when he didn’t have to report to campus because of a protest. How much is too much and does it really have an effect on government policy?


    October 29, 2010 at 5:00 am

  4. “As American’s”? Please remember the difference between possessives and plurals.

    Dr. Hall

    November 9, 2010 at 12:21 am

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