Paris, France —The public seem to be fed up with French public service workers (railroad, electric etc.) who want to retire with 1200 euros pension a month at the age of 50 or 55, depending on their job. Others are fed up with paying for their special pension schemes. They say these workers are privileged. OH, the hypocrisy of it all.
Paris, France — Many workers in the French public sector went on strike today to protect what President Sarkozy calls their “special regime”. Sarkozy has managed to convince a majority of the French public that these workers are privileged.
Here we go again and this time it will be worse than in 1995. The strikes set to begin next week risk to last and life for the French will be difficult.
On Harry Truman’s desk was a sign which read “The Buck Stops Here”. Is it just an American thing to believe that those at the top are ultimately responsible for what their organizations and people do? In France, “passing the buck” seems to be the motto.
Everywhere Thierry Breton goes the little guys lose their shirts and his already rich friends get richer. The latest scandal concerns a massive insider trading conspiracy at the European Aeronautics and Defense giant EADS.
While teaching journalism in Cameroon last month, I was once again astonished at just how big our cultural divide can be when it comes to determining who the victims are in society.
President Nicolas Sarkozy has been in power for 100 days and I still have not figured out how his economic policies are going to create jobs and spark economic growth.