Friday, November 16, 2007

Cheese Eaters Have More Balls Than Americans

They know how to put pressure on their government to make it responsive to the wishes and needs of the people.

France grinds to a halt as unions revolt at Sarkozy's pension reforms

"FRANCE was plunged into travel chaos for the second time in a month yesterday as striking transport unions staged a show of strength against pension reforms championed by Nicolas Sarkozy, the president, who is facing his worst month in office since he was elected in May.

Dubbed "Black November" by French media, this month sees Mr Sarkozy confronted by a series of strikes protesting against his economic, education and judicial reforms, leading political observers to compare his situation to that of Margaret Thatcher's when she faced down militant British miners' unions in the 1980s. The fear for the government is that the wave of strikes becomes a generalised protest against economic hardship."

3 Comments:

Blogger nina said...

We saw a report on the BBC on PBS a few weeks ago about the possibility of a transit union strike. I recall that France's Prez, after taking office (likely another election fraud), announced he wanted to do away with the 37 hour work week and adopt the american 40hour. Fucking slave driving capitalist. I am estatic to see the transit workers on strike. I wish everyone in America making anything under $15/hour would go on strike, frankly.

16/11/07 11:15 AM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

Ironically, some Americans use the term "Surrender Monkey" for the French, but I can't imagine such citizen involved pressure on the government here is the intellecual and morally superior United States of Amnesia.
Gotta go, American Idle re-runs are on.

16/11/07 3:54 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

M. Moore touches on the powerful ability of the French not to take shit from their governments. I only wish we had the verve to do the same, nina.
Our overlords sure have us smug and thinking we're oh so much better than the freedom fry frogs, UL.

16/11/07 7:42 PM  

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