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    http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/news/story.jsp?idq=/ff/story/0001/20060404/1335813539.htm&floc=NW_1-T


    PARIS (AP) - Demonstrators opposed to a new jobs law clashed with police in downtown Paris on Tuesday, throwing stones and debris as they dodged tear gas canisters. Several people were seen being carried away by authorities.
    A nationwide strike shut down the Eiffel Tower and snarled air and rail travel for the second time in a week Tuesday while students barricaded themselves in schools to protest a jobs measure that has riven the country and put the government in crisis mode. Protesters have mounted ever-larger demonstrations for two months against the law, which would make it easier to fire young workers. But President Jacques Chirac signed it anyway Sunday, saying it will help France keep pace with the global economy.
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    Pissah, have you been to France? It simply a different system of government. The national government has far more power than ours does (even runs most of the police forces), but the people are the counterbalancing force. Almost every time there's a strike in France, the people are for it, even if it means the busses and subways are closed. By the way, it might surprise you to know that French companies are less unionized than American ones, surprising for a "socialist paradise."
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    Fox News has been playing it all day (French Protest) i's better than watching a Hockey Game.
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    Lol, obviously Fox news has nothing better to do than report on another country's domestic problems. Why don't they cover DeLay's resignation a bit more?
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    I have been to France several times and have worked in Europe. I'm quite familiar with the cultures and govts. You need to notice that recent events are quite different in kind than past 'strikes' 'riots' whatever.
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    Because they are fair and balanced, they cover Delay every fifteen minutes in their news break. CBS is running Soap Opera's.

    Hillary, Jessie Jackoff, Billy Blue Dress, Uncle Teddy, John Fonda Kerry, Pelosi, Reid, Madman Howard Dean, Boob Gore, Racist McKinney, all slinking Cowards, none of them will go on Fox News, they are afraid of the "Hard Questions", they Prefer Katie & Lauer.

    I give credit to Al Sharpton & Charlie Rangle, two more Racists, but they have the courage to Face O'Reilly & Hannity and go head to head with them.
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    The president of the Sorbonne speaks truth to ignorance...

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/france/story/0,,1745582,00.html

    The president of the world-renowned Sorbonne University has branded French students protesting about the country's new employment law "ignorant and stupid".
    Reacting to protests over the law, which makes it easier for employers to fire, and therefore presumably more willing to hire, young workers, Jean-Robert Pitte said the youngsters had no dreams but believed everything was due to them as a right without having to work for it.

    "I'm very angry about the demagogy, the ignorance and the stupidity of the young and of the French," said Dr Pitte, 56, a geography professor who has taught at Oxford and Cambridge and holds the Légion d'honneur.

    "Today's youth don't have dreams, they have illusions. To dream is to want to accomplish something difficult that is a challenge. Instead youngsters believe they have a right to everything and if things don't go the way they want it's someone else's fault."
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    So, looks like he knows Patters personally
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    Lol, Fair and Balanced is only their slogan, and you seem exactly like the type to fall for a slogan. They're the right-wing version of CBS to the letter, just like Ann Coulter is the right-wing version of Howard Stern. It's laughable that you can't see that simply because you agree with Fox's editorial opinion.
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    This is all George Bush's fault.
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    Socialism rules, baby. You may not get a job but you can riot all day long. Patters - I think you'd like it there.
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    BF, I love France. It's a great country, and has one of the highest levels of worker productivity in the world, is fourth largest in agriculture, has one of the best health systems in the world (better than the U.S. by many measures), great wine, great food -- but alas it has a powerful right wing, is a bit too nationalistic, has a conservative government, has and has enormous economic disparities among its people. At any rate, spend a few weeks in Paris and a few weeks on the French Riviera, and I suspect you might like it too.
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    And it's unemployment just dropped to a very nice 9.6% (in January). And around 20% for young adults. Wonderful :)
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    You know, BF, when I lived in Sweden, many predicted its economy would collapse due its generous social welfare system. I read numerous articles in The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications that there was no way Sweden could sustain its social welfare system. Guess what? Sweden is still doing fine. (I might add that very capitalist Finland for awhile had over 20% unemployment, and also did just fine.) The fact is that it's the investing class that is constantly sounding the alarm bells, but they are acting out of self interest. Capitalist economies, even those with strong social welfare systems, have incredible resiliency.

    As an honest question, I wonder if our unemployment rate can be compared directly with that of France. When measuring unemployment, do those statistics take into account the same groups? For instance, I believe our rate doesn't include those who are no longer on unemployment insurance. But, I don't know if that's true in France.

    By the way, I might add that although I'm a liberal, my capitalist credentials are probably as good as anyone's here.
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    This tribe of "new socialist democrats" would love to turn America into another France.

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