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Media Blackout As France Witnesses Biggest Revolution In 200 Years

France undergoes biggest revolution in 200 years

As France prepare to host millions of visitors at the Euro 2016 Football Championships, a state of emergency has been extended in the country as it faces its largest protests in recent history. 

Hundreds of thousands of citizens have taken to the streets in France, amounting to what some are calling the new French Revolution amid a total media blackout in Western news outlets.

Anonhq.com reports:

The first collaborative protest against the Socialist government since Hollande came to power in 2012, kicked off on 9 March. On March 31, nearly 400,000 people took to the streets, disagreeing with the sweeping changes to labor laws; though organizers put the number at 1.2 million.

On April 9, about 120,000 people marched in Paris and across France for a sixth time, protesting against contested labor reforms. Organizers called for yet another strike on April 28, and a massive protest on May 1, Labor Day.  Reports of police officers clashing with protesters, deploying tear gas in several French cities, and protesters burning vehicles, smashing windows flooded the Internet.

In his response, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in the city of Lyon:

“I call on the organizers of these demonstrations to condemn with the same firmness that I do the unrest caused by these handful of thugs.”

Demanding a complete withdrawal of the draft reform bill, French workers stepped up protests, rallies and blockades in the third week of May.  As per the latest updates, one in three gas stations across the country run dry, causing long queues at normally well-stocked stations. There are blockades at 5 of France’s 8 oil refineries. Nearly 1/5th of nuclear power output is cut by striking staff. Since the nation’s electricity supply has dropped, the government is forced to dig into its emergency reserves.

On May 26, more than 150,000 marched against the government’s plans to make it easier for firms to hire and fire. Reuters reports:

In the southwestern city of Bordeaux, about 100 people targeted a police station, throwing objects and damaging a police car. In Paris and in the western city of Nantes, bank windows were broken and protesters clashed with police. The next big day of protests is planned on June 14 [when French senators begin discussing the reform package], four days after the Euro 2016 soccer tournament opens in France. The CGT warned it could be disrupted if the government refuses to withdraw the draft reform bill.

Although, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is willing to modify some of the proposals, workers’ unions are unwilling to back down. Particularly angry that the government is enacting a constitutional power to bypass parliament to pass the bill, several unions led by one of the country’s largest unions, the General Confederation of Labor (or the CGT),declared in an open letter:

“This week, the actions, the strikes and the blockades by workers from a number of industries to demand the retraction of this labor bill and to obtain new rights show that our determination remains intact.”

The Controversial Labor Reform:

1. Makes it easier for companies to lay off staff and cut costs in difficult economic times.

2. Allows companies to opt out of national labor protection rules if they reach in-house deals on pay and conditions with the consent of a majority of their staff – and not the trade unions.

3. Allows employers to extend the legal work week from current 35 hours to 48 hours – up to 60 hours with an ‘exceptional authorization’, and reduce overtime from current 25% to not less than 10%.

4. Proposes surtax on short-term contracts aimed at getting employers to hire more people on permanent contracts

5. Introduces a cap – 15 months of pay – on compensation in cases of unfair dismissal.

Plagued by dismal popularity ratings and high unemployment, President Hollande, who staked his whole term in office on improving life for the country’s struggling youth, says the labor reform is vital to tackle joblessness. Labor Minister Myrian El Khomri, too, defends the new labor law dubbed “the bosses law” by its opponents.

“This law corresponds to the situation in our country. We have an unemployment rate of over 10% the same as it was 20 years ago. It has improved over the last month, however that is not satisfactory. Our country created fewer jobs than other European countries [Between 2013 and 2015, 57,000 jobs were created in France, 482,000 in Germany, 651,000 in Spain and 288,000 in Italy.] So for me the text and the goal of this reform is to be able to just improve access to employment.”

However, opponents of the labor reform say it will threaten cherished rights and deepen job insecurity for young people by helping companies fire staff arbitrarily. Henry Samuel and Raziye Akkoc of The Telegraph observed:

The government believes it will create thousands of jobs but the IMF, and the French opposition say the reform doesn’t go nearly far enough to significantly reverse record unemployment, now at 10%, and soaring public debt, due to reach 98% of GDP next year.

What Lies Ahead

This is the first time a Socialist French government has faced a nationwide trade union rebellion in more than 30 years. The left’s opposition to the reforms has been vast, threatening to tear apart Hollande’s own support base.

The Independent Writes:

The proposed reform has compounded the fury of many within the Socialist Party and the further left at what they see as the treacherous, rightward course of the Hollande-Valls government. The protests have been led by the former Socialist leader, and “mother” of the 35-hour week, Martine Aubry, who has resigned from all her official positions within the party. Aubry complains that the rewriting of French employment law in line with “liberal” pro-market dogma is a betrayal of the French “social contract.”

An online petition against the proposed changes has gathered over 1 million signatures, a record in France. According to a recent Le Parisien poll, a majority of French people favor labor reforms, but 70% oppose the government’s way of going about it.

It will be a political suicide for Hollande if he rolls back the labor reform – he has promised he will not run for re-election next year unless he manages to stem the rise in unemployment. But as The Guardian rightly notes, it is not just Hollande’s political survival at stake, though, but the image of France itself.

  • Dan Jones

    And the liberals want them here… INSANITY….

    Always be a light that is .shininginthedark.

  • kk singh

    We have learned this lesson 100s of times; Social Democrats are nothing else but bourgeois henchmen in hidden skin! They will stab in the back of the working class at the time of political, economic crisis! Recent events in Greece, too, confirm this!
    Only scientific #Socialism is the solution to the miseries of exploited working class! Any alternate is myth and treachery to the workers!

    • carlacoffman

      What do you mean by scientific #Socialism?

      • Christopher D Ashley

        star trek

        • fishydude

          Nailed it. A surprising percentage of trekkies are delusional socialists. They actually believe that the government can eliminate money and eliminate human drive and everyone will happily do the job assigned them by the government and never want to do anything more as long as the have what the government defines as adequate food and shelter.

          • Michael Smith

            Well its not like that’s ever been tried before, to disastrous effect. Cuz I mean if there were any historical examples of the danger of such a system, then advocating for one would be kind of irresponsible.

          • fishydude

            It is astonishing how many libtards just say “we haven’t found the right people to run it yet.”
            That’s because such people do not exist.
            Bernie is typical of this ilk. Full of envy and hatred of those who were successful. He spent his entire life as a leach on society.

          • Michael Smith

            Well I think that there are plenty of people who legitimately think that socialism will create a more just society for everyone. And they think “The last people who tried this were evil, envious nasty people and that’s why it failed. My heart is in the right place, so this will work.”

            But it doesn’t matter where your heart is. For the system to succeed it requires total participation. For that you need coercion, because lots of people are going to disagree with you. Good intentions can’t sustain socialism, only guns. Every time. And that ruins the whole point.

          • Christopher D Ashley

            you mean the Swedish?

          • therooster

            debt is a massive culprit …. everywhere

            good news on the purging of debt , by using grass roots gold currency that enters by way of the market , not from the apex of classical power

            http://s2.q4cdn.com/535901203/files/PR-BitGold-US-payments-and-transfer-announcement.pdf

          • Brian Taylor

            The only guy voicing the concerns of the majority of people that comprise our society and putting forth ideas and plans to jump start various institutions and conditions that have been long stagnate, yet integral for our overall health, is a leach? Getting things pollinated and looking to promote growth and get our economy to blossom is more “honey bee-like”. Leach is an accurate description for the numerous corporations that are immensely profitable, yet have had a net 0%tax rate or even a negative tax rate where they took in profits, had a zero tax liability while also getting a return check or tax credit to apply as needed at a later tax filing. General Electric is one of the more notorious examples of this type of wealth draining leach. General Electric made $33 billion from 2010-2014, paid no taxes, and received $1.4 billion in refunds. Additionally, a huge chunk of that profit is straight from tax payer money to pay for the large number of defense and government contracts that are the primary source of their income.There, sir, is your leach!

          • Nope

            I mean most socialists (other than like Sandernistas) arent liberals but nice try. And having someone “run” Socialism is like entirely antithetical to the whole idea – that we can run society collectively without a leader telling us what to do

          • fishydude

            There is nothing “collective” about socialism. There is the ruling socialist party and ride they rule over. The ruling socialist never live by the rules they inflict on the ruled.
            Despite any delusions of a utopia, that is what Always happens.

          • Michael Smith

            Lol yes. “Hello, I’m the boss of socialism. Do what I say and you’ll be free.”

        • Chris

          The problem with straight socialism or communism is they work if and only if people act more from altruism than self-interest.

          Now, there are some people who do, and I think people do act that way in small close-knit groups.

          However, in large groups such as countries, there are a lot more people who act from self-interest first. Until that state of human nature changes, those forms of government won’t work.

          The best we can hope for is to introduce or maintain (for countries other than the US) some socialistic measures such as unified health care.

          • fishydude

            Because it is a lot easier to control the people when you control their access to health care.

      • Jessica Coco

        He’s talking about true communist organizations like KKE of Greece or Party of Communists USA

    • Guest

      It’s human nature. You would probably end up the same way. The most dangerous political ideas are the ones that assume their proponents are above the problems that beset every other human.

    • Michael Smith

      We have learned a different lesson 100s of times from true socialists – that they are authoritarian. That isn’t just a bourgeois myth. And its not just Stalinism. There’s something about the inherently confrontational nature of socialism that makes it so.

      You need the “democrat” side of social democrats to balance it out. Sure, you lose quite a bit of radicalism, but what you get is stability. Stability only starts to seem unnecessary once you have had it for a long time.

    • Upper Dave

      Religion hasn’t got a thing to do with it. True socialism can exist without oppressing people’s freedom to believe whatever the fuck they want to.

      • Swift John

        Socialism has nothing to do with oppressing people’s freedom. Murica & the West are completely brainwashed.

    • Swift John

      They aren’t social democrats, Obama & Hitlary are no different to Blairites, they are all selfserving liars using fake smiles & libertarian sound bites to gain power. In reality they only work for billionaires, corporations & the central banksters.

      “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.”
      ― Vladimir Lenin

  • L’ichor

    The poll of “Le parisien” is not an accurate one because it’s adressed to their readers, and it ‘s a newspaper that support liberal economy. Official Polls give a majority of french people against the labor law (70%), and majority (62%) think that it is governement that is blockading the french economy.
    So…

    THe major problem is that Holland didnot talk about this kind of law in is program when he has beren elected. As the matter of facts, he was saying exactly the opposite.
    And then he used an old article (49.3) of the constitution that prevented the deliberation on this matter by the parlement, which was going to vote against it.

    • Virginie Chatain

      this is totally right! i’m french and you’ve just said what i wanted to say^^

  • Edward

    Can you stop using such rubbish, untrue, sensationalist headlines.
    It severely discredits the website.

    Shame as some of the articles are good.

    • Emilie Cantin

      how is it untrue? im french living in france and this is a fair account of what is going on at the moment.

      • Edward

        I found more than 10 articles published on mainstream media talking about it. So the headline is untrue. I don’t think that is a “media blackout”.
        There are numerous articles published here where the headline is misleading in relation to the content.

      • Hh

        Not in America.

      • Aztek DJ

        Sorry I wouldn’t class it as a media blackout, I have put this string in Google search ‘France riots 03/06/2016’ and you get quite a few results..!
        Apart
        from this I have always respected the French for their solidarity and
        their fight for what is right, I hope they get the result they’re
        looking for..!

    • tsinasky

      It is true.Mainstream report it but downplay it

  • SocraticGadfly

    I “loooooovvvvveeeee” Gnu Media egotistical bullshitters who claim:

    “Hundreds of thousands of citizens have taken to the streets in France, amounting to what some are calling the new French Revolution amid a total media blackout in Western news outlets.”

    When there’s been no such thing as “a total media blackout”

    AND

    This very piece then quote from a Reuters piece!

  • Anna Szenfeld

    those ‘reforms’ are only an extortion free pass for corporations and injustice in employment, it’s not a way to create jobs, it is a way to drive down the buying power of earnings, to drive down the ability to sustain oneself w/o working round the clock, it is a pass for unlawful treatment and enslavement of people who work, and to exponentially increase privet profit going to the few!!!!!!!!
    Wake up!

    • I_h8_disqus

      The cry of those with jobs, who don’t care about those without jobs. If we cared about the unemployed, we wouldn’t restrict their access to jobs, which is what France’s labor laws do so well. However, if the French want to protest improving their economy, then let them eat cake.

      • Michael Smith

        I see what you did there

      • Beejaym

        How is it improving anything for anyone if you let a company fire a person over a petty thing like the color of a goddamned shirt? And yes, nit picking crap like that happens every day of the week in the USA’s “Right-to-Work states. If the “poor” unemployed still have access to free medical care, maternity care, child care, disability and a plethora of other programs we lack in this country, they’re still in better shape than those of us working 2 jobs at minimal pay with no benefits here in the US.

        They have every fucking right to protest their government wanting to become out government. I’ll tell them first hand how much ‘Murica sucks ass at actually taking care of the majority of it’s population.

        • ToriMae

          ‘MURICA takes good care of all those who shouldn’t be there. Illegal immigrants etc get better treatment than citizens.

          • TheStoryTeller

            14.5% of citizens live below the poverty line. A capitalistic plutocracy relies on poor people to be man power, and uses a police state to enforce oppression. The disabled in this country die, on average, 18 years earlier than the non-disabled, and this is because the quality of life is disgustingly low for disabled people. We are so poor here, that almost every group of people is attacking each other, like dogs fighting over a bowl of food. And the only thing our news will show is that we should be angry at each other, because it is our enemies fault that we are all so poor, and make sure to always remember, our enemy is anyone who disagrees with what this news station says. “In fact, about 63 percent of Americans say they’re unable to handle a $500 car repair or a $1,000 emergency room bill”
            63% of Americans are one emergency away from eviction, hunger, suffering illness and not receiving treatment, losing their home, or suicide.

            This is what capitalism does to people, and what capitalism does to a planet, is life ending for humans.

            http://www.cbsnews.com/news/most-americans-cant-handle-a-500-surprise-bill/

          • Iftheaccidentwill

            A large group of people from all walks of life met one evening for dinner. Gay, straight, man, woman, rich, poor, religious, nonreligious… all sorts of classes and groups were represented.

            Once everyone had been seated, the waiter brought out a huge plate of cookies – more than enough for everyone – and set it in the center of the table. The rich old white man immediately snatched all but one, to shocked stares.

            Looking around the table, he said in a conspiratorial tone: “You’d better watch out. All these other people want to steal your cookie.”

          • Tracy Lund

            Wow, are you ever stupid.

          • Jennifer

            Yeah. Isn’t it ironic that all the immigrants in my neighborhood are all male, 18-25 and family. It’s an army people!!!*

        • Jessica Coco

          How about when they fire people for the shirt when it’s really the person has the nerve to ask for their 1 week vacation time or refuses to work those additional 15 hours for free.

      • therooster

        there should be no minimum wage for this very reason …. but it’s a necessary evil until such time that we can break away from debt money and distributive power that is controlled by hierarchy.

        • JeopardyLeyton

          Eh? Ensuring people are paid better than slaves for the work they do is evil?

    • Herve Jaubert

      This is where socialism leads, catastrophic failure.

      • http://luisdiazartist.tumblr.com/ Luis Diaz

        …or where Capitalism begins.

      • Upper Dave

        I’m confused. How is this socialism, when they want to abuse workers rights so freely? That’s the reverse of socialism.

        • Nah

          It’s not, its a liberal capitalist government parading itself around as Socialist. It doesnt have at its Core worker control of the economy/means of production, which is like…Pretty much all it really means to be Socialist.

          • Stephen

            basically another Blarite government, right wing neoliberals pretending to be socialists.

          • Nalejbank

            What exactly is so right wing about government being involved in labor, jobs or heavily regulating businesses?

          • wvstarktruth

            Nothing. It s the left that wants control of everything.

          • http://piousunyn.com LeefellerGuy

            Trumping or Cruzing, is conservative neoliberalisn, and Hillary, are left?

          • Ren

            Did you actually read the article at all? How is this about heavily regulating business? Quite the contrary.

          • http://piousunyn.com LeefellerGuy

            Exactly.

          • Naipier

            Also known as Neo Liberalism, if your in the US. Commonly practiced by the current political elite… and one Hillary Rodham Clinton.

          • http://piousunyn.com LeefellerGuy

            Yep!

          • Swift John

            It’s not liberal, it’s right wing with a fake smile. Selfserving corporate lapdogs are traitors of the people.

          • wvstarktruth

            If you think socialism Is about WORKERS being the ones to control the means of production, you need to return to a better school than the one you left. Socialism is about the GOVERNMENT owning the means of production. At that point, THEY will tell you how many hours you will work and you will not have a say in it. Wake up. Nothing is free and freedom beats socialism.

          • Rishicash

            You are describing Communism not Socialism as Marx proposed it. When the government takes control, it is no longer Socialism.

          • Wes

            Different shades of the same color. When the goverment dictates how my business is run, does it really matter if I own it or they own it? They control it no matter who’s name is on the business license.

          • Rishicash

            So by your “logic”, the People’s Republic of Korea is just a different shade of the same color as the United States. You clearly have no idea what any of this is about other than what your misinformed, biased, and uneducated belief tells you. I know you will be too closed minded to do so, but read this and bring yourself up to speed:
            http://www.dsausa.org/what_is_democratic_socialism

          • Wes

            Thanks for the link. I stand by my original assertion. /Shades/ of the same color. Heck, it has already working in the US. In 1973, EEOC told businesses who they must hire – Is it my business or what? In the 1960’s businesses were told who they must serve – is it my business or not? (but customers may still discriminate in an organized fashion against business – boycott). Does my business exist to make money for me (and I need to employ people) or does it exist to provide a service to people (ie jobs for employees and products to customers)? From what I read in the webpage here, the people in France want a guaranteed amount of O.T. per week. But what if my business can’t afford that? Or how about in france, you are a big business if you have more than 50 employees and 93% of the businesses with fewer than 50 have 49 employees?

            Socialists have a lot of good ideas, but inevitably it comes around to forcing people to do what a Big Government deems in their best interest. Kiss your freedom and liberty goodbye, we know what’s best for you.

            Freedom means the freedom to run a business in the manner I deem fit. If I make poor choices, people won’t work for me. I need the freedom to adjust pay and hours or the government will force me to close my doors.

            Yes, I absolutely see the difference between communism and socialism, but they BOTH have something in common…. as a guy running a business, I do not have the freedom to run that business in the manner I deem best.

          • Rishicash

            You are reading your long held misconceptions into what you read which was evidenced by your reference to Democratic Socialism being “Big Government”. DS brought us modern labor laws like no child labor, a 40 work week, the right to organize, consumer protection laws, etc. If you remember how it was in the 60’s, then you’ll remember how things were before the EPA.

            “Freedom means the freedom to run a business in the manner I deem fit.” – No…that is not what freedom means. This is the kind of thinking that brought us the Great Depression, Great Recession, Love Canal, fracking, predatory lending….. We have been smacked in the face with the result of this kind of thinking and when unbridled Capitalism is left to its own devices.

            The problem is people like you for whom it is all “Me..me..me”. Instead, try thinking, “We..we..we.”.

          • NukeWaste

            That is because your head is up your ass! You get it! It is, “ME, Me, ME”! Not, “we,we,we!” Try running a company your way. You libturds brought us all of that. How really stupid are you? DemoRats did ALL of this! Either get enlightened or go skydiving.

          • Rishicash

            Libtards? DemoRats? You know, speaking so childishly completely undermines any credibility you might have which, judging from what you’ve said so far, isn’t much.

          • David Secrist

            You’re right, but they disguise it as Socialism and have indoctrinated the younger generation into believing it is a good thing, when it is not.

          • Rishicash

            Most Americans have no idea what Socialism, as Karl Marx defined it.

            I was educated in American schools so I know exactly how Socialism in general is portrayed; it is made synonymous with Communism which it is not. Democratic Socialism ISN”T Socialism. Social security, Medicare, National Park Systems, the EPA, the National Health Services, Center for Disease Control, public schools, the national highway system, NHTSA, labor laws, banking regulation, etc. are all examples of Democratic Socialism. So you don’t think those are “good things”?

            Read this to learn what Democratic Socialism is; it isn’t Socialism.
            http://www.dsausa.org/what_is_democratic_socialism

          • NukeWaste

            Your concept of Socialism is non-resistant in the world, anywhere!

          • Rishicash

            Non resistant??? That makes zero sense. Just quit while you’re behind.

          • http://piousunyn.com LeefellerGuy

            Edification yourself.

          • El Profeta

            Nothing is free, and freedom doesn’t exist in neither of them. One the government owns you, and in the other, some selfish rich people owns you. Either way, you are a slave.

          • Wes

            I’ll differ a little with you… the government doesn’t own the means of production per se, but they do control it indirectly. An individual may own it, but they have only the illusion of control. In communism, the government outright owns the means of production. So what’s the difference between owning an controlling? Subtle isn’t it? Let’s call socailism “soft communism”.

          • http://piousunyn.com LeefellerGuy

            Neoliberal is just what the Democrat’s are doing to US.

        • Brandon Vendryes

          thank you … even Social Security and medicaid is social programs and people love them…

          • therooster

            It’s socialists protesting socialism that is going broke…. duhhhhhh ….. nothing new.

            Saw this coming for years. Goodyear pulled out of France for this very reason. The “French way” appears to have a vast sense of entitlement (and arrogance, IMO) and is not consistent with market reality or attributes that are considerate of one’s fellow man. Everybody loses.

            http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/business/american-executive-lashes-out-at-french-unions-touching-off-uproar.html?_r=0

          • shutit

            Yeh you keep eating that BS up, don’t complain when they increase the average work week here, everywhere, the problem is not France, it’s the unlimited power we allow our governments to give massive companies, the right to treat us like slaves.

          • Dave Silva

            You sound as dumb as a box of rocks. The ideas you spout do not exist anywhere, and haven’t for hundreds of years. Do you realize the entire planet laughs at France? The country is a useless laughingstock. 35 hours is simply not enough to earn a living wage for most people. It is certainly not enough to run any type of business that actually does anything. Actual business owners in the US and other actual countries work 70+ hours a week if not more. France’s unemployment is massive, and its youth unemployment is always well above 25%. If you cannot fire the crappy workers, you cannot hire people who actually want to work. Even in the USA, companies have very little power and are nearly regulated to death, which is why so many are moving to Asian countries that understand hard work.

          • Tracy Lund

            you are an idiot.

          • redawn

            you actually sounds as intelligent as that sack of igneous material you like to compare intelligence to…
            you spout off that ‘real hard working people’ put in 70+ hrs a week. (~bullshit~) but let us for shits and giggles say your number is fine and ‘everybody’ needs to work 70+ hrs. your next bit is how france has a massive unemployment problem…so what is your 70hr work week going to do to the # of jobs available? you would like to say “increase it” in your full of self manner but i am sure EVEN YOU can see that fewer people working more hours does not increase the number of jobs available in fact the exact opposite occurs. and say you could ~magically~ have enough jobs so everyone is working 70 hrs. no one has time to spend, buy, create, bond, share, date, have children, mourn, live.

            as machines play a larger role in production the need for a full time worker becomes less…so what then.

          • wvstarktruth

            Don’t know what country’s constitution you are reading but the US Constitution says nothing about child labor. The laws on child labor were not instituted until the early 20th century in response to the use of children in the factories that grew rapidly during that era. Go back to school instead of demonstrating your ignorance. The problem isn’t the US, it is Pakistan that is not enforcing their laws. If the people in Pakistan will not speak out, then perhaps they want it that way. Trying to judge others by a foreign country’s standards often results in mistaken impressions of what is right and wrong.

          • grn1

            wondering how you feel then about the mass migration that are “doing the jobs mericuns wont”. I never laugh at France because respecting others is a far better way of understanding. I guess your last sentence is true the US shouldn’t be interfering with letting children work: Nike has been accused of using child labor in the production of its soccer balls in Pakistan. This case study will examine the claims and describe the industry and its impact on laborers and their working conditions. While Pakistan has laws against child labor and slavery, the government has taken very little action to combat it. Only a boycott by the United States and other nations will have any impact on slavery and child-based industries. Futhermore the U.S constitution states that child labor is an illegal and inhumane practice and any U.S. company found guilty practicing and encouraging it will be prosecuted.GATT and WTO prohibits member nations, like the United States, from discriminating against the importation of goods made by children. Are dolphins becoming more important than children? A question making WTO to reconsider the children’s appeal of the third world.

          • TIGGS

            Yes, dolphins are more important than children, there are too few dolphins, treated as if they had no nervous system, as if they had no family, as if they had no worth.. and they do, but since they have no voice, this will take a while for people, who are and want to remain ignorant, accept. There are billions of human offspring, too many, so they end up being used as black labor and prostitutes.. yes, humans are NOT more important than the other mammals, the other species in general, and if these humans had recognized a long time ago their proper place in the scheme of things, the world would not find itself where it is today. Wars do nothing else but to get rid of people.. but that is a horrible way to do it. Much better less people, more worth per person. The only way, actually. If not now, in the future. There is no other way.

          • Matty Mattelyn

            wrong! you must one of them eugenics fanatics and possibly a “Fabian socialist” nut job if your so adamant on less people being here then start with yourself!

          • TIGGS

            I always wonder…how long will it take the man in the street to wake up to the fact there are too many people for the jobs available, that these are high education jobs, that automation is doing away with the jobs of yesterday? Society simply does not need the existing people.. so .. the only solution..birth control, free, morning after pill, the whole sheebang, .. more people, more aggravated the problem gets. The thing of it is, the harder the solution, in terms of societal acceptance, the longer it takes for it to be accepted and implemented, but until that is done, until the hard truth that things have changed irrevocably is swallowed by society, affairs will only get worse and more acute.

          • Matty Mattelyn

            shut up you “Fabian socialistic” nut job!

          • Aztek DJ

            Shut up you moron, you maybe a grovelling little sheep doing as your told like a good little boy, though many of us have had enough of this ballshit double standards all geared around making a select few richer and the rest of us poorer..!

            Dennis’s attitude and views are correct, in fact a world Revolution is what’s needed as currently most Countries seam to have a corrupt dictator…!

            So carry on believing that you have to work so many hours to make a living, while the corrupt system lead by a few Mega Corps & their Bankers take home multi-million pound bonuses at the expense of the many..!

          • Matty Mattelyn

            do you realize how many country’s laugh at the US and think the US is a useless laughingstock you fool pull your head out of your butt!!

          • Suzanne Treash

            it is true I could work 70 hours a week and still want to fist punch a slacker working 20

          • Lil’ Kitten Girl

            My husband is a small business owner and he puts in at the very least 80hrs/wk. The 35hr work week seems preposterous to an American.

          • MelancoliaI

            Good for your husband. The 80 hr work week seems preposterous to people who..you know…want to live their lives

          • Lil’ Kitten Girl

            He does live his life. His life is work. He’s not happy and gets extremely anxious if he’s not working.

          • MelancoliaI

            That’s fine. Just don’t expect everybody else to want to do likewise. Workers rights and all, you know?

          • SmokeForce

            They move jobs over there because it’s cheaper to hire someone on for pennies on the dollar and ship their product over than it is to pay someone in the US to do it. Especially when it comes to tech, where you call a phone line with some dipshit reading a script that has no idea what any of it actually does or means. Brands like Nike, that spend a few dollars in time, effort, and material then sell said product for ~$50-100 more than pay for the cost of shipping as well as large CEO salaries. It has nothing to do with worker production or capability, it all comes down to the bottom line: profit.

          • grn1

            Globalism’s ism has brought out the worst in most countries of the world. This machine runs on corporate greed. This isn’t socialism, this is fascism and unfortunately for world peace and life on this planet our governments choose crisis,

          • Dennis Robinson

            US Government works for Wall Street to keep the working class poor and working, this invasion by illegals & muslimes are to pressure US into working for less so they can make more. Giving more of our SS money to them and less to US, LONG LIVE THE REVOLUTION, WE DIE FIGHTING OR WE DIE AS SLAVES, LONG LIVE THE REVOLUTION

          • Nalejbank

            So you prefer then that governments stop giving bailouts to companies that consumers don’t support?

          • redawn

            did you read the article?
            if you did read it, you clearly did not comprehend what you read.

          • grn1

            So arrogant are the French that they didn’t see the need to cooperate in the genocide of Iraq?

          • Aztek DJ

            What are you talking about the Iraq war was an illegal war, good on the French for not getting involved..!

          • grn1

            It’s called sarcasm!

          • joyce carol luffman

            we pay in to social security and medicare programs every paycheck so its not intitlement..

          • Jessica Coco

            Yes, workers pay into the system. However, officially the US government considers it an entitlement program. Sorry to burst your illusion. Moreover, social security only pays retirees 1/3 of what has been put in the fund.

          • Dennis Robinson

            sure but it’s still my fucking money and I want it

          • Suzanne Treash

            death and taxes my people we are better a revolution of the soul is now

          • BobbyV1010

            But, will it be there when you need it?? Doubt it, as they’ll claim this also!!

          • http://piousunyn.com LeefellerGuy

            Uh, Obama attempted to drop the cap for wealthy people.

          • RobertPPruitt

            No, it’s an entitlement. If you are average or above in lifespan, you will collect more than you pay in.

          • NukeWaste

            No, you won’t! Run the numbers or sign off!

          • RobertPPruitt

            Yes you will!

            This has been been known about for decades. The reason Reagan increased how much we paid in was because they knew it was going to happen.

            http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2013/feb/01/medicare-and-social-security-what-you-paid-what-yo/

            It IS an entitlement!!!

          • Dennis Robinson

            Social Security is taken as a tax from each worker, that is our money that we earned and government stole from US and now have spent it and wants to fuck US out of it

          • Nalejbank

            They are run badly with huge amounts of fraud and waste. Prescription costs are making the pharma companies billions, druging up the elderly and driving up the US national debt much like our undeclared wars.
            This is NOT capitalism. This is crony capitalism. Business in bed with government. The insurance industry climbed in bed with government to produce Obamascare. An unaffordable, super high deductible, nearly useless insurance!
            Get government out of business and business out of government and peace and prosperity will quickly manifest itself.
            Did I mention that a precious metals backed currency would keep the bankers from stealing your labor through their mechanism of inflation?
            Knowledge is power.

          • wvstarktruth

            WELL SAID! HOOORAY!

          • Nalejbank

            Where are all the socialist apologists replying – and proving me wrong?
            Note how virtually every proponent of collectivism has never owned or run a business and if so, look for revenue from government contracts for profits. Self-interest and an easier way to survive can only be limited by competition and free choice, not legal plunder under collectivism.

        • Anna Szenfeld

          you’re right, it’s capitalism at it’s ugliest and highest level of greed and extortion, this has nothing to do with socialism

          • Bossy

            Amen sister! Can you say TPP; Trans Pacific Partnership. The tool of the evil capitalist to control labor, trade, consumer rights, and your environment. Socialism? Obviously the capitalist do not recognize their own handy work.

          • wvstarktruth

            Fools. All of you fools.

          • Guest

            On All Hallows’ Eve when the moon is round, a virgin will summon us from the ground!

          • http://piousunyn.com LeefellerGuy

            Yes.

        • Simen Midtfjord

          What rights did workers have in the former socialist countries in the East? How did they live? And in Venezuela today? Do as you are told, or else! And please stand in line a few hours if you need toilet paper, if you can afford it……..

          • redawn

            what rights do worker have right here in the usa? train your replacements. we are moving to india.

          • Matty Mattelyn

            we at this point have no right’s what so ever and the Fabian socialist has invades out democracy it will get much worse unless people see for them selves the the Fabian socialist movement is not as benign as they make them selves out to be and yes eugenics is part of the beliefs!

        • Nalejbank

          “Worker’s Rights” as you say need detailed understanding.
          Please produce this “list” of rights so we can have a problem-solving conversation.
          What rights are they most abusing?

        • KlingonOffTheStarboardBow

          They are NOT “abusing workers’ rights”. An employer is not part of the social services. Hiring someone COST A VAST AMOUNT. WHY? This is a TAX ON JOBS. NO WONDER EMOLOYERS AVOID IT.

          You employ someone and pay a MASSIVE TAX FOR DOING SO. THEN, YOU CAN NEVER FIRE THEM, NO MATTER WHAT IS HAPPENING TO YOUR BUSINESS. DOES THIS SEEM SANE TO YOU?

          This is why they ALWAYS HAVE HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, WHY THEIR ECONOMY IS TANKING.

          TRY TO GRASP THE BLEEDIN OBVIOUS, WHICH EVEN THIS USELESS GOVERNMENT HAS FINALLY DONE.

        • Matty Mattelyn

          because socialism turns into fascism if there is no checks and balances! they will continue to take and make more laws that will block you from your own rights the same is here in the US!

        • wvstarktruth

          Socialism is not about fairness, it is about making everyone the same and placing your freedom under the boot of the government since they own the industry, What you have is not socialism, but a hybrid bastard halfway between freedom and socialism. Believe me when I say that socialism continued is socialism controlling everything including what you own, what you can say against the government, and what you eat, live-in and how long you live. It has been a miserable failure everywhere it has been attempted. Eventually you will get the message when they tell you that you are not one of the chosen few who make the rules.

        • Archi Dembol

          Sure work all live for vermit emigrants from Syria they giving birth like god damn rabbits.Plant the bombs kiliing People whose working for their live Modern Europe will fall.

        • El Profeta

          So true, this isn’t socialism, this is capitalism. The article is wrong. Or maybe the elected represented a socialist platform, and now that they are in power their using capitalist platforms.

      • Brandon Vendryes

        get a clue sir or at least know the facts

      • Vaughan Galustian

        I love how people repeat this with such confidence as though it’s some natural law. And they say this absolutely apathetic to the environmental devastation and certain doom brought forth by Capitalism.

        • Dave Silva

          uh, no. This is where all socialism ends, every single time. There are no really successful socialist/communist countries, and there never have been. And that idiotic ecofreak drivel proves you have zero clue.

          • Swift John

            WE DON’T HAVE SOCIALISM.

          • David Richardson

            He never said we did, you Bern out!

          • Tracy Lund

            yup, you are definitely an idiot.

          • Jay Sinclair

            You’re an idiot. All of the best countries to live in, work in, and that have the highest quality of life, and safety are Socialist countries. Those are the facts.

          • Vaughan Galustian

            …….uh,no…there has never been a socialist country. And the fact that you use Socialism and Communism interchangeably demonstrates exactly how much you know about this subject.

      • Nate Hoffman

        Most of these new rules are kind of the opposite of socialism.

        • therooster

          It’s socialists protesting socialism that is going broke…. duhhhhhh ….. nothing new.

          • Ben Wilson

            a dumbass like you would of course think the opposite of socialism is socialism

      • Herve Jaubert

        socialism just does not work, it never did, look at history and the world. socialism is a naive utopia that wants to level down everybody and redistribute wealth, it always , always, leads to empty shelves, chaos and reversal. I know, I am French, for years I have been watching my country sink under liberals measures that kill corporations and entrepreneurship. Eventually, like many tired of paying for those who dont work I left. Climate change is another socialistic scam that wants to level down and redistribute energy production.

        • Nunyabiz1

          You’re clueless, it’s actually the only form of government that does work.
          Democratic socialism.
          What is happening to France has nothing to do with socialism, this is capitalism

          • Simen Midtfjord

            Albert Einstein is supposed to have defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Yet, as the economic implosion of Venezuela reminds us, we seem to be unable to stop repeating the same terrible mistake: trying to make socialism work.

          • JeopardyLeyton

            Either pure socialism or pure capitalism won’t work. You need to have a balance between the two. You need to allow businesses and trade etc, but corporations need to have social and environmental responsibility and human beings and their lives need to not be tallied up in terms of only their economic value. Essential services for society such as energy, water, transport, healthcare, prisons etc, should be run not for profit but to keep society running so that people can work and prosper for themselves, rather than working in order to simply pay for the profits of businesses making money off of human need. We’ve seen what privatisation does to essential services in our country.

            A small number of individuals should not control the majority of the wealth – it leads to a silent dictatorship where the powerful and wealthy dictate the actions of government (and media) behind the scenes, meaning that our democratic rights as citizens and the freedom of our press are just an illusion and a sham. The way capitalism is going at the moment is incredibly short sighted and unsustainable. All it is about is increasing profits year on year – just making a profit is not good enough, it has to be MORE than last year. All that leads to is companies needing to cut corners, expand from selling groceries to selling insurance and mobile phone contracts etc, squeeze more for less out of their workers – which will just eventually lead to poorly paid people being unable to consume shoddy products and services at a fast enough rate to create profits, massive public outcries/riots etc, and most of the world’s money doing nothing to help the world, sitting in the offshore accounts of the greedy megarich.

            Oh, and also capitalism will destroy our environment. Capitalism kills half a million people in Europe a year from air pollution alone. Remember the scandal with the car manufacturers fixing their emissions tests? All cars on the roads have been pumping out 5-6 times more harmful particulates than was deemed safe by the WHO. Why? Because the manufacturers wanted to cut corners, save money, and make more profits. And hundreds of thousands of people have died because of it. Just because capitalism is more sneaky than socialism and you don’t notice what it’s doing because you personally are still alright doesn’t mean it works.

          • Dennis Robinson

            u ignorant bitch

        • Ben Wilson

          Wrong. Considering this isn’t socialism, unfettered capitalism just does not work, and only blind fools like you refuse to accept that.

          • Herve Jaubert

            who is blind, all countries who have experienced socialism have failed or are failing, all without exception. and you can’t see it?

          • Buba

            Yes,they failed thanks to the help of “big brother” and the rest of a brotherhood.Look around you.How many countries is destroyed in last decades,thanks to them.

          • Tracy Lund

            Ever heard of a place called Denmark? idiot.

          • Ben Wilson

            Which is blatantly false, Australia is not failing, Norway is not failing, Denmark is not failing, Canada is not failing. You’re the one that can’t see it, communism is not socialism.

        • Funkybrewstr

          Oh, I see they have fox news in France too. Do they call it faux news there as well?

      • Giosuè Gioia

        If the state is in the picture it’s doomed
        doesn’t matter which ism

        • Jennifer

          This. So much.

      • Nunyabiz1

        Exactly the opposite, this is capitalism destroying socialism.

        • Matty Mattelyn

          there are no checks and balances on either of them at this point they are willy nilly!

      • Anna Szenfeld

        you’re wrong unfortunately….socialism has nothing to do with that, it’s capitalism at its ugliest…besides pure socialism is impossible to achieve, and it’s creator Marx….knew that.
        in order to achieve socialism…or should I say it’s pure form…we’d all have to deny our greed, hording natures, deny anger, envy, etc.we’d all have to learn to give, to share, to care….in other words…create pretty much highly evolved society that gives according to the need, and creates optimal conditions for development, on every level…
        writings of Marx are very interesting….perfect foundation for perfect society….
        Russian version at it’s best…only reached superficial level…and it went sour with greed…again…

        • Buba

          People from the former Yugoslavia know what it means to live under socialism. We have had free education, free health care, and the majority of working age people have had a job. Now, under capitalism, we have nothing but credit and debt, bailiffs,and to those who are fortunate enough to have a job,they are working for 300 eu or less. And a few of “businessmen” who have millions.

          • Simen Midtfjord

            A socialist country held together in socialism by force of weapons falls apart as the socialist world and the iron curtain crumbles. Then its citizens start fighting each other and dividing the country up. What would you expect, instant prosperity for all of them?

          • Buba

            Wrong, my dear. The majority of former Yugoslavia citizens are quite unhappy with a capitalism and democracy you ,(I mean West countries),brought to us. Even in the republics who are already in EU. And yes. they start to fight each other,but how and why. Like in Iraq,Afghanistan and Libya. Big brother started to support separation. It does not matter whether the reason is oil, gold, land, mineral resources or anything else. Money and interest of a small number of people standing behind it.Everywhere you can find a few people who can start to fight because of their own greed or some other reason.Why not allow the separation of the Basques in France, the separation of Scotland, Flanders in Belgium or Catalonia in Spain? But this is a whole different subject. Let us return to socialism. The idea of socialism and the socialist system is a much more humane and better than capitalism. I used to live in such a country. I know what I’m talking about.

          • grn1

            sounds to familiar

          • James Walsh

            One would think the Yugoslav peoples would have fought hard to keep that system if it worked so well? yet most of the post-Yugoslav successor states have been governed by centre right to far right govts since achieving independence in the 1990s e.g. Croatia.

          • Dennis Robinson

            yeah right

          • Michael Smith

            It wasn’t all roses under Tito. But the nice thing about communism is if you’re poor at least no one blames you for it.

        • Johnny Apples

          You’re wrong. This is socialism. Socialism is defined as: “The government control of the means of production.” The people who are making these work rules are the government. They are doing what socialism says, “Controlling the means of production.”

          It says right here in the article:
          “Particularly angry that the government is enacting a constitutional power to bypass parliament to pass the bill, several unions led by one of the country’s largest unions, the General Confederation of Labor (or the CGT),declared in an open letter”

        • Dennis Robinson

          Yes there has never been a true communist government which is different than Socialism. Germany was a National Socialist Country and was working well until the capitalist banksters of England felt threatened then they turned public opinion against them.
          They had countries such as Poland turn against German people who were living in the land the world took from Germany after WW1. The banksters were afraid and jealous of the sudden prosperity of the German People.
          Americans have always accepted our role as slaves to the wealthy Wall Street crowd but our prosperity also made those same banksters jealous so our own Government continued to make laws protecting them, But when government has made any laws to protect workers it’s always been called Socialism and frowned upon since our government spent billions over the years to place a stigma on the word Socialism claiming this country and that were Socialist when they were reduced to Dictatorships since our government spent even more billions trying to covertly overturn those governments. WE the USA is the EVIL EMPIRE AND HAS BEEN FOR 2 CENTURIES.

      • Bossy

        Pretty lowbrow comment considering the protests are a direct result of TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership; the capitalist tool to control the masses. This is evil capitalism at it’s finest and does not remotely resemble socialism. Pretty foolish comment.

        • Johnny Apples

          You’re wrong. This is socialism. Socialism is defined as: “The
          government control of the means of production.” The people who are
          making these work rules are the government. They are doing what
          socialism says, “Controlling the means of production.”

          It says right here in the article:
          “Particularly
          angry that the government is enacting a constitutional power to bypass
          parliament to pass the bill, several unions led by one of the country’s
          largest unions, the General Confederation of Labor (or the CGT),declared
          in an open letter”

          • JeopardyLeyton

            No that’s not the definition of socialism. Socialism is that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE. Given that the French community are outraged at this bill, it’s clear that this is not socialism. It’s a government giving power, against the wishes of the citizens, to employers to use workers in such a way that it will maximise their profits, with little concern for the actual workers themselves. That’s capitalism.

          • http://imgur.com/U0oIpXh Phil Mitchell

            Spot on.

          • Johnny Apples

            Not spot on.

            Full Merriam-Webster Definition:
            “Full Definition of socialism
            1
            : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
            2
            a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property
            b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state”

            The government giving power against the wishes of the citizens IS socialism because the Government controls the means of production. It is controlled by the state. By the government. Not the “community”. The “community” is the government. The public entity that enforces laws. Laws like this one.

          • Johnny Apples

            The government giving power against the wishes of the citizens IS socialism because the Government controls the means of production. It is controlled by the state. By the government. Not the “community”. The “community” is the government. The public entity that enforces laws. Laws like this one.

            In a CAPITALIST society the business would be making those decisions on hours and such. And you know what the good thing about a CAPITALIST society is? YOU CAN CHOOSE WHETHER YOU WANT TO WORK AT A PLACE THAT ENACTS THOSE RULES OR NOT. Whereas in a Socialist government, it’s tough shit, do as we say or go to jail. Yup so much freedom and equality in that there Socialism.

            Full Merriam-Webster Definition:
            “Full Definition of socialism
            1
            : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
            2
            a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property
            b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state”

          • Muse Smith

            Actually that’s not capitalism at all. It’s closer to communism than capitalism. You should probably look up the actual definition of capitalism before trying to label something as capitalism. This is the government/state controlling the country’s trade and industry. The definition of capitalism is “an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state”.

            Controlled by private owners for profit rather than by the state.

            When the state starts to control trade and industry by bypassing parliament (the people’s voice in a republic) to pass bills relating to trade and industry that is the exact opposite of capitalism. The US hasn’t been capitalist in a long damn time which is why it’s started to go downhill and fall apart. In many ways the US has followed in France’s footsteps and this will most likely be no different.

            When the government/state keeps their nose out of things like employment, wages, work weeks, etc. the market becomes a workers market instead of an employer’s market. Employers can ask for 60+ hour work weeks and offer low wages if they want to but another company (perhaps their competitor) might offer shorter work weeks and higher wages as an incentive to attract higher quality employees. As a result, employees flock to the companies that offer the most desirable working conditions and the other companies are forced to adjust their own working conditions to compete. Suddenly, under true capitalism, the employees become the driving force because they clamor to apply for jobs with companies that treat them well and, as a result, more and more companies increase how they treat their employees.

            When you have government dictating to companies how much to pay and how many hours to schedule and benefits packages to offer it removes all incentive. The vast majority of companies start to simply meet the minimum and/or move their companies to other countries which reduces the number of jobs overall, does nothing to truly improve the working life and work environment of the employees with those still in the country and meeting the minimums and provides very little incentive for companies to ‘compete’ with one another for better employees by offering better packages.

            Case in point – Google. Everyone has heard about how Google treats it’s employees. They have fun rooms where employees can let loose on their breaks and play games, nap pods for employees who need a mid-shift siesta, the best benefits packages available etc. As a result anyone in the computer industry in the US would give their right nipple to work at Google and as a result of that, Google gets to be extremely selective about who they hire and cherry pick the very best of the best from the applications that they receive. Other tech companies that aren’t as big as Google gaggle over one another to try and pick up the best of the leftovers by offering incentives and work options as close to the squish-life at Google as they can. My company takes pretty good care of their employees with a much higher-than-average starting salary, cakes and decorations on everyone’s birthday’s and work anniversaries, they send flowers to someone when they’re ill, and we have a fantastic benefits and 401k package. This allows my company to be quite picky about who they hire as well. We don’t have nap pods and games rooms but they have a reputation for being a great place to work so they receive hundreds of applications every day and the company is full of well-dressed, well-spoken, educated, quality workers who are good at their job – if you start slipping, you lose your job and they find someone else willing to step up to the plate. Another company in the same city that does the same type of work offers $3 less per hour to do the same job, the benefits aren’t even a shadow of what we get at my company and when you drive past the building during shift change you see a crowd of rowdy, unruly, unkempt workers stumbling out the door like it’s a high school on the last day before summer break.

            Both companies started small but one company chose to invest in high quality employees which led to high quality service for the customer which attracted more customers which led to more revenue and the company grew to a multi-billion dollar company with national stock options. The other company chose to offer the bare minimum that the government allows which limited the quality of employees willing to work there which is reflected by the service that they provide to their customers which limits the customers willing to use their services and the company has remained relatively the same size for seven years.

            Were this country truly capitalist there wouldn’t be a ‘bare minimum’ dictated by the government and the company would either still offer what their offering with the same results or they would try to offer less and eventually drive themselves bankrupt because no one wanted to work there and be treated like crap.

            Capitalism works and it’s not evil in the slightest but ONLY if government truly keeps it’s nose out which is what capitalism is supposed to be. This country got to be what it is because of capitalism. We went from a fledgling nation to a global superpower in just 200 years. We’re still one of the youngest countries in the world and also one of the most powerful and we did it with capitalism. Unfortunately, the last 60 years or so have seen our government sticking their nose where it doesn’t belong more and more and, as a result, our unemployment grows, our people struggle to make a living, and more and more people demand government intervention to save them when the reality is that if government just stepped out and removed all involvement, we would right ourselves back to where we were before.

            Child labor, civil rights, wages, benefits, etc. are social matters that should be changed on a social level – i.e. ‘you discriminate against old people so I’m going to expose you publicly and millions of people will boycott your business making you either stop the discrimination or go bankrupt’ – not a government decree.

      • Swift John

        This is corporate fascism. Socialism has nothing to do with this mess.

      • Tracy Lund

        Another idiot who doesn’t know what socialism is.

        • Herve Jaubert

          Tracy , you are the idiot, I would even stupid, definitively ignorant, fortunately you are irrelevant, your opinion does not matter, because you will never see in your life time a working socialism, it does not work, never will, show me one country where it worked. you know nothing about socialism, i do , because i lived in socialists countries, you did not , i worked in the soviet republics, Tchecoslovaquia, and Romania before the fall of the wall, i saw first hand what socialism does, I have ti admit it is entertaining to read, comments from liberals.

          • Tracy Lund

            Denmark, dumbass. As to irrelevant, look in the mirror bub.

          • JeopardyLeyton

            Liberals? Are you equating liberalism with socialism?

            Whether you think socialism works or not, these reforms are not socialist reforms at all.

        • Herve Jaubert

          I dont want and will not work hard for somebody elses gain with no choice in the matter, because it is slavery? That is Socialism: slavery. If you work hard to make a better life for your family, your rewards will be stolen from you and given to someone else that has failed or does not contribute. If that is the kind of morally bankrupt society you wish to live in, be my guest, in in the mean time let me teach you a lesson, resorting to insulting me shows your ignorance and lack of knowledge: Denmark is NOT a socialist country, hahahaha, it si a myth, it is relatively capitalistic markets. Scandinavian businesses are mostly free from regulation, nationalization and protectionism. Ranks higher than the US in business freedom, monetary freedom, investment freedom, financial freedom, property freedom and freedom from corruption. If Denmark were one of the US states, it would rank tenth among the poorest states for per capita GDP. People in Scandinavia make less money before taxes and after taxes. and if people were so happy in denmark why then the suicide rate is 11th in the world, 18th in the US. go back to school, or do like me travel there, and pay your gas 3 times more than in the US.

          • Tracy Lund

            Christ, you really are stupid.

      • redawn

        the failure is not socialism it is the capitalistic rules they set in place.
        the people are like ‘we fought for this several times, oh no you don’t take those off the books”.

      • LibertarianSocialism

        This isn’t socialist, just more net-liberals using the name socialism to pass neoliberal policy.

      • caught22

        …Classic example of frenchmen, being french.

      • Kevin Schmidt

        You mean fascism is a catastrophic failure. Socialism is the way.

      • Dunbar

        It’s Neoliberalism, not “Socialism”.

      • birdpond

        In America there’s a big difference between DEMOCRATIC Socialism, which increases worker’s rights and seeks to protect the environment from rampant greed, and ‘Socialism’. Is there this same distinction in France?

        • Herve Jaubert

          France has a long experience with socialism, Americans have not, in France nobody uses the terms, “democratic socialism” because they know it s non sense. Democracy is an ideology, socialism is an economic system. you can’t compare them. They are not even compatible. Democracy is about self direction, socialism is about coercion, they are mutually exclusive and can’t mix together. Tocqueville said it best, “democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” Voila.

        • Herve Jaubert

          France has a long experience with socialism, Americans have not, in France nobody uses the terms, “democratic socialism” because they know it s non sense. Democracy is an ideology, socialism is an economic system. you can’t compare them. They are not even compatible. Democracy is about self direction, socialism is about coercion, they are mutually exclusive and can’t mix together. Tocqueville said it best, “democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” Voila.

    • Sad

      plenty of people in Venezuela would love to change places with you, with your neck under the boot of those evil corparashunz doing their corparashunny stuff and making money and jobs.

      • Tracy Lund

        Derp.

    • KlingonOffTheStarboardBow

      Employers are not part of the social services. It is SO expensive to hire or fire someone that employers avoid it unless forced to. France is falling further and further behind Germany and into debt that there is going to be a massive economic and social collapse unless they reform.

      This is nothing to do with “capitalism”, just reality, but people are in total denial.

    • Subhajit Chatterjee

      The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of someone else’s money.

    • Timothy Russell

      It all boils down to GREED! This all about they get more you get less, they get more hours from you, pay you less and make more $ off of your production. Working there too long making to much now they can fire you and get someone to do it cheaper!!! GREED GREED GREED!

    • NukeWaste

      You really don’t understand economics! They need a pay cut and a 50 hour week!

  • le Docteur

    You re so right! French government doesn t care about its people. There is a truly arrange and north korean blackout in French médias and people are disgusted by the sheer use of force against protestors. Hatred for this government is nationwide except for the big wealthy. Their minions and far right activists who wants more repression on people (not true French for them because they are not far right activist. Stinky treason for so called patriots with no brain and a mouth full of threats for the others),

    French people may revolt but the goverment may kill protestors. Puke

    • Franklin Bacon

      Fascism is still alive and well in France. It simply goes by a different name. Socialist ideas have been instituted to counter the Fascist factions.

  • Jeffrey Fisher

    Oh really in America we call that the Republican party! Not the Democratic party! Sorry to burst your bubble France but as You got this one wrong if you thought that was a Democratic party!

    • Motown

      They never called it the Democratic Party. They mention the Socialist Party, but otherwise refer to everything as politically left or right. The political spectrum in France is considerably different than in the US, and this “treacherous, rightward course of the Hollande-Valls government” would still easily be left of center in the US.

      • fishydude

        True. The French revolution was nothing like the American Revolution. The French merely wanted to replace one set of tyrants with another set of tyrants. Their ‘constitution’ lays out common groups ‘rights’ and privileges, not individual rights.
        The French don’t even have the right to choose not to take vacation in August.No. The government decided the whole country needed to shut down for an entire month. Not a wise thing in a global economy.

        • Upper Dave

          Americans don’t know what freedom even is compared to Europeans. You’re talking out of your arse.

          • Anon

            There is no freedom in Europe, it’s just more feudalism.

        • mochabean

          No, the French revolution was very much a liberal, capitalist revolution. It was simply corrupted by dictatorship. You point to corrupted communist revolutions and say “this is what communism really is,” yet you point to capitalist revolutions and say “they just wanted a dictator.” Nice double standard.

      • Franklin Bacon

        Taking care of their citizens is considered conservative, in France. Neglecting them like the Right does is considered wacky liberal.

  • fady saber

    maybe they wake up and kick all the terrorist out of their country. it s going to be worst country in Europe soon . wake up people.

    • Kriegwulf

      Sweden, Germany and the UK are actually worse than France.

      • Swift John

        Mulsims are not the problem here, It is Tory government who are destroying the country.

    • Swift John

      You mean the selfserving corporate fascists in government?

  • bwbw123

    When will people listen to Bernie?

    • fishydude

      Bernie lives on a unicorn ranch and believes money grows on trees.

      • http://luisdiazartist.tumblr.com/ Luis Diaz

        Says the guns for brains guy. LOL!

        • Rod Stubbs

          Says the idiot without a clue.

      • Sam Durrango

        So please stop sneering for a moment & enlighten us all on this debt-ridden planet* where everyday money does actually come from. Even more importantly, tell us where the money comes from to pay the extra added usury/interest bill. Thanks.

        * http://www.economist.com/content/global_debt_clock

      • Ben Wilson

        that’s actually true though, he has all these great ideas but with no plans on how to actually pay for them

        • Niki King

          All the plans include how to pay for them, berniesanders.com.

        • Kevin Holmes

          Bernie Sanders has not put forth anything at all without a plan on how we are to do it… Trump say’s “”I am gonna make america great again, and has not yet told us how we will achieve any of those plans…. His mantra is we’re gonna build a wall a great wall an it’s going to be beautiful… Also I won’t need advisers because I am gonna advise myself”… this is after declaring 4 of his business are bankrupt and telling us he has 10 billion net worth… He has driven all his projects to the ground… To top it off it’s his net worth is less than 130 million… If anyone thinks he is going to do anything other than continue passing legislation that will benefit him personally they are deluded… He is “more of the same” of what has been happening since the 80’s…

      • Swift John

        He stands for the American people, that’s what a politician is supposed to do. You’ve been lied to your whole life.

    • Franklin Bacon

      If Bernie were a Socialist, more people would listen. He only appears so, in comparison to the extremists on the other side. He says absolutely nothing about the people or government owning the means of production. He only wants to prop up the failing Capitalist structure, already present, not institute a truly new system.

      • Michael Smith

        In America, I don’t think pushing Bernie farther to the left would make more people listen to him. He is already so far left that people on the middle right think he’s a full-fledged Marxist revolutionary.

        The “market” for socialism in America is smaller than in Europe, because in America leftist politics has at times been considered borderline treason (due to the very exaggerated ideological justification for our rivalry with the USSR). That kind of suppression of socialist thought didn’t happen to nearly the same degree in western Europe.

      • Nate Hoffman

        Bernie is a capitalist who proposes sensible social democratic measures. Bernie, like FDR will be capitalism’s savior.

        • Michael Smith

          I hope so. I think that a relatively shared prosperity is vital to stability in society. The drive of capitalists to produce wealth is great for just that – producing. But without some socialist intervention that production is meaningless and can even make people feel more alienated. We don’t need a socialist utopia, which is good because such a utopia doesn’t exist. What we do need is for everyone to feel like they have a reason to support the structure’s continued existence. Which means making sure it benefits more than just a few.

        • Swift John

          Capitalism will destroy the human race.

      • Marco

        The biggest problem in the social view of the “new politicians” is most people must divide them in to Left or right instead of sharing them with good or bad ideas (read Bernie agenda)

        Fortunately future generations when voting will no longer think that way… classify with ideology as much as religions is not helping at all.

        There can be good Ideas from left and right. The value is the Brilliant “Idea” Let’s stop them cheating us again with “the division game” I personally feel that Us fellow start to figure out this especially the new generation instead the old and rusty one …

    • Libs are Retards

      Hopefully never. He’s a government slug

  • Michael Smith

    Its only natural. The law’s mechanism for creating jobs is weakening the union’s control over corporate behavior. Of course they are mad. French unions don’t just sit back and take such blows, the way Americans unions did. That’s why French unions are still relevant to their political life.

    The President has a point about job creation, but in a popular government you can’t impose policies that have no public support. Especially when the people aren’t shy about fighting for their interests.

    • http://luisdiazartist.tumblr.com/ Luis Diaz

      it’s sad this kind of outrage doesn’t seem to happen in the States anymore. Not to say it won’t happen soon because the kettle has been boiling for a while now.

      • Michael Smith

        Yeah there’s something in our collective psychology that tells us protesting about economic issues is little more than organized banditry. I don’t know how the wealthy in the US accomplished this brainwashing but I’m not sure it will serve them well in the long run. Just like any relationship, frequent communication is better than silent submission followed by an explosion of rage.

  • George

    Remember when the rich have their taxes cut every year for 35 years and get richer they will share the wealth that they got from for others paying for those highways, bridges and government subsidies that made it all possible. Also Trump will put those Republicans in prison that hired contractors from outside the United States that brought illegals here. He’s also not gonna give all foreigners that have a degree from a college in the United States citizenship like he said he will do. When he sends those illegal fruit and vegetable pickers home all the hard working republican kids will go to work for minimum wage doing that work again and you know it. Vote Trump and money will rain down on white folks!!!! Never mind the fact that illegals pay in more taxes than receive in welfare, we just don’t want folks with a good tan getting anything from the government. Never mind the $50,000 SUVs driven buy 50 year old white women with no visible handicap parked in the handicapped spot at Walmart and the Mall. Right to Work For Less makes sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Brian Taylor

      The guy who outsourced the design and production of his clothing line to China and then imports the finished products to sell in upscale gift shops and his golf courses and other properties at a premium price(Don’t forget to also wear while expressing “faux outrage” on the topic of exported jobs that he claims he will return to the U.S. despite the fact that would kill whatever profitability his line was generating…) is the person you feel can best execute the office of President of the United States? Doubtful, at best!

  • Gary Edwards

    If the EU had Balls to Make every Member equal in Labor and Welfare Laws we would not have had these Problems Basic Living Wage(Salary) for all will end the upheaval its the Right of every human Being to survive not Fight for Survival.

  • Kompani

    Just checked and the following are reporting it: CCTV, BBC, France24, CNN, ABC, ITV, RT, Al Jazeera, The Times, The Guardian, The New York Times. example:
    France labour dispute: Wave of strike action nationwide – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36385778

  • The_SwedishFish

    Did you mean to write biggest in 20 years or do you really know that little about French history?

  • Sean Knight

    The real fallacy here is the repeated political mantra of “job creation”. The politicians keep saying “people want jobs”. They don’t. They want lives. Jobs can mean good lives, but these kinds of labour reforms mean jobs that crush lives – in essence, turning workers into wage slaves. And I use the word “slaves” advisedly. The basis of all capitalism is in essence slavery of those at the bottom to make profit for those at the top. All past civilisations have in fact relied upon slavery for their labour. For a few centuries – less than two actually – we have moved away from slavery. Now we are sliding back. Some unemployed in our country, which has generous benefits, have worked this out and prefer to have lives, albeit with little money, rather than jobs at which they would be paid minimum wage and worked like slaves until they die. Just look at the rise of the “working poor” in America, where the kinds of reforms proposed in France already perfuse the workplace.

  • truthhurtsthe

    Obama likes giving speeches in a town in Indiana that builds the most RVs in America. RVs symbolize retirement, and retirement funds rule Wall Street. Wall Street rules the labor force, keeping down worker wages — to help retirement funds.
    Whose idea was “retirement for all” anyway??

  • SuchindranathAiyer

    Slipping below the periscope of main stream media, there is civil war in France. If I was Hollande, i would direct these energies against Islam and so use the momentum to save France through a “sling shot”

  • http://ww4report.com/ WW4Report

    200 years? Really? Bigger than 1848 or 1871? Oh? Has the government fallen? Has the Commune been declared? I hate this stupid click-bait site. Sorry, man. “Biggest uprising since 1968.” That would be an accurate hed. Jeez.

  • Konan Igan

    If the world’s people don’t unite to STOP and ARREST the Un-Elected Globalist Terrorist New World Order Cabal now…it will be the end of humanity.

  • Kenny Evans

    Guess what, there’s no media blackout. For example, I read this on the, er, media and a Google search will demonstrate that too. It’s also not a revolution, I’m seeing no change or modification to their political system. I think protest might be a far better word to describe this action. Another website I’ll never visit again that declares it ‘brings the truth’ when really it’s pure clickbait to drive traffic.

    This is also not Socialism, just take a glance at the definition of the movement and compare that to what’s going down in France. Then report back here please.

    • Ben Wilson

      If there was no media black out why isn’t it on the news?

      • Kenny Evans

        OK, so a quick Google search reveals articles on the following sites on that news item reported within the last 24 hours.:

        Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail, Rueters, RT, France 24, BBC, Belfast telegraph, New York Times, Daily Times, NBC, CNN, NPR, CTV, Bloomberg, The Scotsman, Sky, Daily Star, Real News Network, Press TV…

        Do I need to go on?

  • mohanrr

    France going Venezuela way.

  • IcKz

    “Allows employers to extend the legal work week from current 35 hours to 48 hours – up to 60 hours with an”

    lol north european countries plan or planning to go for less than 40h per week,

  • http://mythsofourtime.wordpress.com/ Emmet Fox

    In “200 years”. What about the French protests of 1968 with 11 million on strike? One stage De Gaul even fled the country.

    • Michael Smith

      Short memory or sensationalism or both?

  • davidr

    Disgraceful. This is another New World Order strategy. Unfortunately, here in Britain they’ve already successfully started this, without as much as a sniff from the British people. Our stiff upper lip doesn’t allow it……….or is just apathy as laziness? Yes, that’s it. A sure sign that the people are already demoralised.

  • cconant

    France’s socialist-in-name-only government is now reaping the rewards of going along with the EU’s persistent austerity. Even the IMF is having second thoughts on the wisdom of the continued employment of austerity measures in dealing with anemic recoveries from deep recessions. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1fd77e84-0920-11e5-b643-00144feabdc0.html#axzz4AewvyrQf

    • Swift John

      I agree, Hollande is a corporate/central bankster owned selfservative, like all Western leaders. His job is to allow the billionaire class to steal the peoples wealth without them waking up, meanwhile the people think cheap credit(debt) is wealth.

      • cconant

        Thanks for pointing out that cheap credit is indeed debt, not wealth. And I especially like “selfservative.” Can I use it?

  • Eric Bond

    Unfortunately this is where our government are going all over the world, they are broke by privatisation, and manipulated by multinationals, and then we people are standing up against inequality… here in Australia there is no reports of the French events on local news, lets see what is going to happen in France for Euro 16. For now just be aware , power to the people, they wont be abble to hide those facts for too much longer….

  • Ben Wilson

    He’s dead in the water anyway, he won’t win the next election no matter what he does here.

  • Pierre

    I am afraid this article does not correctly represent the
    current situation in France. Some of its statements are very misleading. “As
    France prepare(s – sic) to host millions of visitors at the Euro 2016 Football
    Championships, a state of emergency has been extended in the country as it
    faces its largest protests in recent history.” Contrary to what seems to be
    said here the state of emergency has nothing to do with the social unrest, but
    with terrorist attacks last year and indeed security concerns with the Euro
    2016. In fact the government is very careful not to use those temporary additional
    powers to prevent any demonstrations against the labour law reforms.

    The figures reported for the number of demonstrators seem to
    be those produced by the CGT, the most vociferous trade union against the
    reform and the organiser of the demonstration ( please note that the other
    major trade unions support the reforms). For balance (and the author should mention
    his sources) the figures of the police typically are between a quarter to a
    third of those of the CGT, so when the article reports 400,000 know that the
    police estimate is 120,000.

    It is true that the majority of the population is opposed to
    the reform, yet the article does not explain why this reform is undertaken by a
    socialist government. 2015 is the first time for a long time that any jobs
    outside civil services have been created in France. In fact France saw its
    total number of jobs in the industry reduced by 62.600 in 2014, 65.800 in 2013 and
    106.800 in 2012. Unemployment rate for under 25 yo was 23.6 % in the second quarter
    of 2015. All these figures are reported by the INSEE (France Office for Statistics).

    By undermining Hollande’s reform the CGT is helping the
    right to gain power. With a democratic mandate a right wing government will be
    able to push reforms that will see workers’ rights seriously reduced. I imagine
    this will sounds far too ‘blairite’ to the palate’s of many readers here, yet I
    am proud to point out that it is far more factual than the original articles.

  • Pierre

    I posted this previously but it has been removed so let see if you are true democrats:

    I am afraid this article does not correctly represent the current situation in France. Some of its statements are very misleading. “As France prepare(s – sic) to host millions of visitors at the Euro 2016 Football Championships, a state of emergency has been extended in the country as it faces its largest protests in recent history.” Contrary to what seems to be said here the state of emergency has nothing to do with the social unrest, but with terrorist attacks last year and indeed security concerns with the Euro 2016. In fact the government is very careful not to use those temporary additional powers to prevent any demonstrations against the labour law reforms.

    The figures reported for the number of demonstrators seem to be those produced by the CGT, the most vociferous trade union against the reform and the organiser of the demonstration ( please note that the other major trade unions support the reforms). For balance (and the author should mention his sources) the figures of the police typically are between a quarter to a third of those of the CGT, so when the article reports 400,000 know that the police estimate is 120,000.

    It is true that the majority of the population is opposed to the reform, yet the article does not explain why this reform is undertaken by a socialist government. 2015 is the first time for a long time that any jobs outside civil services have been created in France. In fact France saw its total number of jobs in the industry reduced by 62.600 in 2014, 65.800 in 2013 and 106.800 in 2012. Unemployment rate for under 25 yo was 23.6 % in the second quarter of 2015. All these figures are reported by the INSEE (France Office for Statistics).

    By undermining Hollande’s reform the CGT is helping the right to gain power. With a democratic mandate a right wing government will be able to push reforms that will see workers’ rights seriously reduced. I imagine this will sounds far too ‘blairite’ to the palate’s of many readers here, yet I am proud to point out that it is far more factual than the original articles.

  • Pierre Delarue

    I am afraid this article does not correctly represent the current situation in France. Some of its statements are very misleading. “As France prepare(s – sic) to host millions of visitors at the Euro 2016 Football Championships, a state of emergency has been extended in the country as it faces its largest protests in recent history.” Contrary to what seems to be said here the state of emergency has nothing to do with the social unrest, but with terrorist attacks last year and indeed security concerns with the Euro 2016. In fact the government is very careful not to use those temporary additional powers to prevent any demonstrations against the labour law reforms.

    The figures reported for the number of demonstrators seem to be those produced by the CGT, the most vociferous trade union against the reform and the organiser of the demonstration ( please note that the other major trade unions support the reforms). For balance (and the author should mention his sources) the figures of the police typically are between a quarter to a third of those of the CGT, so when the article reports 400,000 know that the police estimate is 120,000. One can hardly talk of “what some are calling the new French Revolution.” As for not being mentioned in the news, obviously you do not live in France!

    It is true that the majority of the population is opposed to the reform, yet the article does not explain why this reform is undertaken by a socialist government. 2015 is the first time for a long time that any jobs outside civil services have been created in France. In fact France saw its total number of jobs in the industry reduced by 62.600 in 2014, 65.800 in 2013
    and 106.800 in 2012. Unemployment rate for under 25 yo was 23.6 % in the second quarter of 2015. All these figures are reported by the INSEE (France Office for Statistics).

    By undermining Hollande’s reform the CGT is helping the right to gain power. With a democratic mandate a right wing government will be able to push reforms that will see workers’ rights seriously reduced. I imagine this will sounds far too ‘blairite’ to the palate’s of many readers here, yet I am proud to point out that it is far more factual than the original articles.

  • Bossy

    Wake up Europe! This is just the beginning of labor reforms to be implemented. Trans Pacific Partnership contains strict, clear protections for foreign investors and Big Pharma.It is clear, that as currently drafted,TPP will increase corporate profits and skew benefits to economic elites, while leaving workers to bear the brunt of TPP’s shortcomings, including lost jobs; lost wages, longer hours, and repression of workers rights. Trans Pacific Partnership is tool of enslavement for the masses.

  • Nikolai Lee

    And not a word in the article or the comments about the tens of thousands of refugees pouring into France who will be willing to be paid starvation wages as long as they can get a job. ANY job. Strange. Very strange.

  • Pierre Delarue

    This seems to be the 3rd time mu comments are removed!

    I am afraid this article does not correctly represent the current situation in France. Some of its statements are very misleading. “As France prepare(s – sic) to host millions of visitors at the Euro 2016 Football Championships, a state of emergency has been extended in the country as it faces its largest protests in recent history.” Contrary to what seems to be said here the state of emergency has nothing to do with the social unrest, but with terrorist attacks last year and indeed security concerns with the Euro 2016. In fact the government is very careful not to use those temporary additional powers to prevent any demonstrations against the labour law reforms.

    The figures reported for the number of demonstrators seem to be those produced by the CGT, the most vociferous trade union against the reform and the organiser of the demonstration ( please note that the other major trade unions support the reforms). For balance (and the author should mention his sources) the figures of the police typically are between a quarter to a third of those of the CGT, so when the article reports 400,000 know that the police estimate is 120,000. One can hardly talk of “what some are calling the new French Revolution.” As for not being mentioned in the news, obviously the author does not live in France!

    It is true that the majority of the population is opposed to the reform, yet the article does not explain why this reform is undertaken by a socialist government. 2015 is the first time for a long time that any jobs outside civil services have been created in France. In fact France saw its total number of jobs in the industry reduced by 62.600 in 2014, 65.800 in 2013
    and 106.800 in 2012. Unemployment rate for under 25 yo was 23.6 % in the second quarter of 2015. All these figures are reported by the INSEE (France Office for Statistics).

    By undermining Hollande’s reform the CGT is helping the right to gain power. With a democratic mandate a right wing government will be able to push reforms that will see workers’ rights seriously reduced. I imagine this will sounds far too ‘blairite’ to be palatable to many readers here, yet I am proud to point out that it is far more factual than the original articles.

  • novictim

    Your country is being overrun by Islam and Sharia proponents/Islamofascists.

    March about that first. Once you have secured your own country for French Culture and French people, stopped the flow of invaders and secured your Liberal society from a slide into the 7th century Arab tyranny, then march for your work rules or what ever else you think seems good.

    • http://www.darrinbell.com/ Darrin Bell

      …Or they could continue to protest what they consider to be the greater threat to their way of life. Since they live there and probably have a better understanding of that than we do.

  • Dennis Robinson

    Vive la révolution Vive la révolution Vive la révolution Vive la révolution Vive la révolution Vive la révolution ldeath à l’islame pour le bien de l’humanité

  • Mike Lashewitz

    Did you notice they did not mention the whole criminal Muslim invasion and influence? They did not mention the economy being sucked dry by the government to feed and house the invading hordes?
    Bastille Day is coming and sooner than you think.

  • BLMac

    Looks like corrupt Labour politicians in France too. Bought and paid for by the look of it.

  • KlingonOffTheStarboardBow

    Hiring and firing someone on a permanent contract is so expensive and bureaucratic that entrepreneurs will do ANYTHING to avoid doing it.

    Hence the ENDEMIC high unemployment.

    France needs a truly massive reality check. Years of truly crass government are coming home to roost.

  • Tintinmilou

    You fail to mention that all of this unrest is led by and caused by the communist unions of the CGT and FO, and that all the other unions have already negotiated and accepted the proposed laws. The new laws are intended to facilitate hiring so that the curent unemployment rate of 24% of those under 25 years old can be improved. The French labor laws are so protective of employment, that it is virtually impossible for a business to adjust their employment to meet their needs. Therefore they resist hiring anyone.

  • HAMMER

    Damn I’d be pissed too if they tried to take away my 35 hour work week!

  • Estevez Atya

    Reforms are working. Government should have done step by step modifications, small, little packages, little sparks.
    But this big package affected as a bomb, too big step.

  • Shawn Boyett

    Well damn. This is absolutely the worst idea ever thought of ever. I’d be protesting too.

  • Roger Skelton

    If citizens & workers want better working conditions & better employment rates & better wages for their population and keep what they have as to wages & working conditions, it real simple the government & politicians who they elect need to stop importing low skilled workers & 3rd world moochers into their country and get out of the business of trying to run the economy, people and business will do that without the government getting in between both of them… also, stop subitizing foreign moochers like other EU citizens & 3rd world people it isn’t working, rather than regulating and importing that foreign working population (which in most cases costs more in the long run with lower wages & higher unemployment rates and causes cultural problems) the government needs to start subitizing their own people to have more children (it’s that simple and don’t let them or anyone tell you different)… also it would be a great idea to get out of the EU with their over regulations & controls & non elected governance, also stop with these multinational trade agreements and focus on single nation trade agreements that’s good for their country (people & workers) and that goes for every western country on this planet (stop trying to be multicultural and start being more nationalistic, it’s not racist or bad to want one’s country to come first and to do better)… it’s not about how many hours employees works or what wage they earn… as long as government stays out of the way and business & employees control the working conditions & wages, the economy/business will continue to do fine… when government gets between both it just impedes the process… simple stop importing low wage workers and be more nationalistic, start worrying about what’s good for you and your country and start electing people who represent that… you get the government you elect and everything that comes with all that. I’m not talking about socialism (you can’t have a welfare state (with foreign moochers) and free markets, they can’t coexist with each other, but you can live with nationalism), I’m talking about free markets and free will of people of their particular country and what’s best for them… not government or foreign governments or non-elected government like the EU or multinational corporations buying governments or foreigners… a free market system that works for the particular nation & its people… not for other nations or other people of other nations or those multinational corporations… scrap this globalist multicultural model crap… there’s an old saying when traveling… it goes something like this… “it’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there”… unless you come from where the grass is less greener and I’m guessing you’re not a westerner also. you see if a country has a high standard of living… example minimum wage is $20 per hour and gallon of milk cost $9 and a working class plumber makes $150k yearly, the country has a low unemployment rate & modest tax system and the average person works 35hr a week, has a great national social system (meaning it take care of it’s citizens. transportation, national security, health care system, clean water & air, etc. etc. I don’t mean freebies as in welfare state)… it doesn’t matter how much it costs to live in that country, it only matters to those who want to live there… and those same people aren’t going to run to a country with lower standards… so tell me why would a country with a high standard of living like that want to import a lower standard population and give it’s jobs away, drive down wages and put massive amounts of people in or on it social program systems… unless there are outside forces, like corrupt politicians & governments and non-elected governments (like the EU & UN) & multinational corporations (who both have NO allegiance to that or any particular country) & foreigners (looking to mooch off the system) and/or/including Moslem world domination and conquering of the west and last and not least the multicultural Marxists of the world (with all the useful idiots who would follow that doctrine of thinking) who want to rid the world of western free thought, free will and free market ideas… including judeo-christian values. (One thing I’ll never forget and the only thing that a leftist liberal ever said to me that made sense was >>> “you get the government you vote for” <<< how right he was about that or perhaps you don't vote for…. around 50% of eligible voters/people are not registered to vote in the USA).

  • Ian Henderson Gemmell

    The French know how to protest! But there has to be a balance between workers rights and economic reality. Where this balance should be and whether agreement can be reached needs to be worked out. I am sure that the proposals of the French government are no more extreme than our own government.

  • Jeanette Davis

    Praying we even make it to November elections, Amen!

    It’s time for a huge change, let’s make it happen.
    It your turn California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota make us proud!
    Vote Donald J. Trump, #PresidentTrump 2016!

  • Matty Mattelyn

    wow socialism has become fascist my question is why is this being blacked out in the US!?!

  • yorweth

    WE call the french Rotten. but at least they still have the balls to stand up to their government. VIVA LA FRANCE !

  • wvstarktruth

    It is a miracle that French businesses can survive under the kind of rules that currently exist. It s no wonder the unemployment is so high (probably higher if their government is anything like ours when it comes to false statistics). 35 hour work week is not reasonable from the business-owner perspective and 48 certainly isn’t crippling. Get over it and stop whining like Frenchmen.

  • Xmystic

    lol They are going to protest themselves right out of jobs. Socialism and entitlement always leads to the people cutting their own throats. But you all keep on trucking.

  • Subhajit Chatterjee

    People are protesting against govt. for making it easier for companies to lay off people. If a financially weak company does not lay off people it would definitely go bankrupt. So, the company has to lay off the least performing of their employees and would keep its highest performers to stay afloat. These people would rather let a company go bankrupt and let everyone of its employees lose their job than the company lightening up its load by laying off some people and saving some job in the process. Welcome to socialism.!!!

  • qwerty

    Doesn’t sound very socialist to me

  • Rob Norman

    These reforms are the thin end of the wedge. The goal is to erode union power. Look at the situation in the UK now where unions are going to have to negotiate a strike with bosses, a laughable prospect. Workers have always had the basic right to withdraw labour but the new neoliberal market dogma cannot allow workers to stand in the way of profits or to benefit from the fruits of their labour. The 1% is in total control. The rich get richer. The poor have only themselves to blame.

  • Andres Barcelo

    Here’s a game. Convince your right hand that your left hand is the enemy and your right leg the your left leg is the enemy. Welcome to the incessant and completely pointless fight of socialism vs capitalism. Balance makes the body function. The same is true of politics.

  • GM

    though I don’t agree with the violence, I have to admire a country where a majority of workers will stand up together to protest weakening of worker’s protections; the French sure do know how to protest!

  • Lil’ Kitten Girl

    All of that sounds reasonable to me.

    1. Makes it easier for companies to lay off staff and cut costs in difficult economic times.

    If they don’t lay off staff and cut costs the likelihood of them going out of business is extremely high.

    2. Allows companies to opt out of national labor protection rules if they reach in-house deals on pay and conditions with the consent of a majority of their staff – and not the trade unions.

    Trade unions and labor unions don’t always have the best interest of their members at heart. I don’t see what the problem is with a company listening to their employees over a union. I’m really too bad that the companies would rather deal with their actual employees versus a union.

    3. Allows employers to extend the legal work week from current 35 hours to 48 hours – up to 60 hours with an ‘exceptional authorization’, and reduce overtime from current 25% to not less than 10%.

    What’s the big deal with working more hours? This one is just ludicrous to me.

    4. Proposes surtax on short-term contracts aimed at getting employers to hire more people on permanent contracts

    Excuse me if I’m wrong but aren’t contract employees essentially temporary employees? Don’t you have to renew and negotiate the contract every year?

    5. Introduces a cap – 15 months of pay – on compensation in cases of unfair dismissal.

    15 months is more than enough time to find another job.

  • anglicus

    Can’t wait for this lot to team up with the football fanatics, the anti-refugee lot and the pro-refugee lot. Bring it on.

  • http://aissongroup.wix.com/aissongroup flavio braga

    QUE PASA CON LOS LIDERES, EL PODER EN LA CABEZA?

  • MelancoliaI

    Anybody ever notice that working people NEVER hit the streets clamoring for all these ‘market reforms’ allowing corporations to do what they want in order to “create jobs?” Maybe it’s because they never get around to seeing the benefits that result therefrom.

  • http://perilloux.net/ John S. Perilloux

    They have no doubt been taking lessons from the media wing of the Democrat party in the U.S. which will go to any length to shield Barak and his regime from the light of the truth.

  • Giovanni Andrew Roverso

    Well at there’s surtax on short term contracts…

  • Avner Eliyahu Romm
  • sasboy

    I am most interested to know France’s labour minister is of Moroccan descent.

  • DrMichael

    This is a travesty of Justice! The workers are right, the government is wrong, and the corporations are trying to control all, everywhere.

  • Clare Kuehn

    Labour reform? You mean IMF sellout!!!!

  • Renee Amber Hollister

    ༻༺ TEAM *TRUMP* ༻༺
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  • http://blog.logixca.com/ logixca

    The “reforms” are against the French workers and there’s an even bigger front on the war against the Western world, on the European front… it’s called Islam!

    http://videos.claude.ca/europe-is-collapsing-under-islamic-siege/

  • Paul Eduard

    Now I see why France was hit with several False Flag attacks … of course to bring in Martial Law to give themselves, the “rapists”, leverage over the protesting.