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Posted: 4/10/2006 4:54:54 AM EDT
The following article speaks for itself. The law regarding firing of workers has basically been cancelled.

This might be a record surrender for the Frenchies. They surrendered without a fight this time!



By CHRISTINE OLLIVIER, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 41 minutes ago

PARIS - After weeks of protests and strikes, President Jacques Chirac announced plans Monday to "replace" a law that would have made it easier for companies to fire workers under age 26.

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The deal represents a defeat for Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who had insisted on the law as a means of reducing high unemployment rates among young people.

Chirac's office said the president decided to "replace" a key provision of the law with a measure aimed at "youths in difficulty."

A somber Villepin then made a brief statement on national television.

"I wanted to act quickly, because the dramatic situation and the despair of many youths demanded it," he said, explaining the original legislation.

Many youths and unions feared the contract would damage coveted job security, but Villepin said he had sought a "better balance ... between more flexibility for the employer and more security for workers."

"This was not understood by everyone, I'm sorry to say," he said.

Chirac enacted the disputed law earlier this month, but immediately suspended it to give governing conservative lawmakers the chance to meet with unions and look for a way out of the crisis.

A new plan emerged after the talks last week, and Villepin said it would be presented to parliament later Monday.

Unions were expected to make their own announcement Monday about whether to stage more of the protests and strikes that have shut down universities and tangled traffic in recent weeks.

The crisis has cast a shadow on what is likely to be Chirac's last year in office. Chirac, 73, has ruled France for 11 years.

Link Posted: 4/10/2006 5:01:47 AM EDT
DUPE!!!





Not really, but your title is a dupe, usable for all situations involving the French.

Link Posted: 4/10/2006 5:45:41 AM EDT
This is Bandit's lack of suprise.
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 5:46:53 AM EDT

French Government Surrenders!


Water is wet.
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 5:47:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By adair_usmc:

French Government Surrenders!


Water is wet.



There is some sweet pron in the team forum.
Link Posted: 4/10/2006 6:04:29 AM EDT
Why do I picture an eleven year old boy with a stick walking around in Paris, and the entire French population lays down on their back, hands and feet in the air, peeing all over themselves in a desperate attempt to surrender.
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