Looks like I missed a small protest yesterday evening. Though I did see way too many Gendarmes walking around, I had no idea that the local leftists arranged a march through Jarnac.
If it is true that there were only ten guys marching as the local paper wrote today, then I can tell you for sure there were more cops than protesters. Who were paid OT, most likely from the protester's taxes. Just nuts.
It's about pension reform from what I can see. The protest ended in front of the local Socialist rep's office who apparently was not even here so they just taped their signs to her office window. How effective. Theywere removed by 8.30 when I walked back from school.
I am not sure what the goal is or was, since Prez Hollande already cut the retirement age to 60 from 62. Freedom 55? The sign that got me is the one that says "money for retirement, not stock options". Ehm, I think half of Alberta's (or Silicon Valley) boom is built on the back of those options. Or am I out to lunch here.
Anyway. My other favorite country in Europe (Austria) just held elections last weekend and the socialists in charge got spanked there. They'll remain in power, but lost significant votes to the fairly far right Freedom Party. No matter how many handouts a government gives to it's citizens, they will always want more it seems.
So we might as well buckle up in France. The next elections are not until 2017, but there could be a major swing to the right. Hollande keeps stumbling through his term, barely making any progress. Sarkozy has just been cleared from wrong doing during his term and could re enter politics on the middle right. And on the right fringe, Marine Le Pen has more charisma than both of the two combined.
People here should be content with what they have. Since their ambitions seem limited, this cradle to grave assistance from the government does work for them. They can't have it both ways, no matter how hard they try.
THE OFFICE OF A LOCAL POLITICIAN THIS MORNING
WHY THEM AND NOT US
CASH FOR RETIREMENT, NOT STOCK OPTIONS