» French in streets, but it’s not ’68
  • http://profile.typekey.com/Pennautier/ Pennautier

    You’ve got to be kidding me.
    Your title is suggesting that this can of demonstration happens once every forty years.
    Whatever is your selected field of expertise, if you really want to perform, you had better to practice it on a regular basis. So it is not at all surprising to see so regularly french youngs in the street.
    It’s about time in France to learn that the democratic process is an indoor activity, either in the voting booth or in the parliament chamber.
    There is one thing I would like to be done by some volunteers. Go to a french street demonstration and ask ten basic questions about this new contract to, let’s say, one hundred students. I would like to see the percentage of people who know what they are protesting against.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/mllecanada/ marsha

    Pennautier.
    The democratic process continues beyond the voting booth. The civic responsibility doesn’t necessarily end there. However, it is about being informed and understanding the issue before demonstrating.
    Is the message being conveyed effectively from the street ?
    It is a much more efficient use of one’s time to simply bombard one’s government representatives with emails and telephone calls. If their fax machine doesn’t work for several day, they’ll take action.
    Having said that, what is the complaint of these students in France ? The expectation of guaranteed employment ? This is an impossible dream.
    There are larger economic issues to be resolved in the country. If the market is healthy, the employment question takes care of itself.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/paparay01/ Papa Ray

    I’m older than dirt and have had only about 5 jobs in my life if you don’t count the U.S. Army.
    None of them were guaranteed for one month, one year or even one day.
    In my experience and of others I know an employer doesn’t have to have a reason to fire you, let alone give a reason. If they don’t want you on the payroll, thats it, your gone.
    As far as I know, only a very few select jobs in the United States have any job protection (such as liberal university professor)unless you sign some type of employment contract that spells it out differently.
    The trouble with young kids is they expect to get a good job with great pay right out of school. Those days (if there were ever any) are long gone.
    Besides, most people don’t want to work for one company forever any more. I happened to do that with my last job (worked for [29 1/2] ever) but there was no guarantee that I would if I couldn’t perform the job to my employer’s satisfaction.
    Tell them to grow up and get their butts back in school.
    Papa Ray
    West Texas
    USA

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  • Robyn

    I think you seriously underestimate what these people are protesting against. Yes, they may expect. or hope for a good paying job straight outn of school, but young people today, of which I am one, know more than you would think, especially when they are protesting. And, Papa Ray, are you French? No! I myself am not either, but have exchange students come from France to FURTHER their education, and happily work at subway while they do it. In Australia, our government is already beginnning to make HECS debt a huge shadow over people’s heads, and a huge percentage of students are living under the poverty line and forced to postpone or stop their studies because of work to pay the rent. Needless to say they are working minimum wage. We are not asking for our dream jobs straight after school, we are just asking for the chance to have a job to go to so we can live our lives. And it doesn’t need to be guaranteed for any amount of time, or in 1968. We should never let strong opinions left to Myspace, we should take the time to bring democracy out on the streets.