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Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

My God the French are lazy

I thought I understood why French students had been protesting recently against a new law that would have allowed companies to fire young workers during their first two years on the job; it seemed like there had to be something about the law that was unfair for so many to protest. Turns out it wasn’t so unfair, but French President Chirac has backed down and the status quo remains in France. So what is that status quo? Workers in France only work a 35-hour work week, get five weeks of vacation, mandatory profit-sharing, retirement at age 60 and the right to never be relocated, fired, or demoted (Washington Post, April 12, 2006). I can only imagine how many holidays they have too where they take off from work.
France has the most unbelievably socialist or communist or just plain lazy labor force in the world. The French work ethic is so backwards from the American way of life that it is entirely apparent why the French were too lazy to stop Germany from invading their country not once but twice.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Working harder or working smarter? I can say, I sure wouldn't mind five less hours at work a week, and an extra week or two of paid vacation. Perhaps their time management skills are superior? I would be interested to see some stats on employee satisfaction there as opposed to here in the US. I'm gonna guess that people over there are equally productive to their US counterparts, and probably don't have as many work related ailments, you know, debilitating stress, freak outs that involve opening fire on co-workers, things like that. Relax, have some freedom fries, and don't worry about the French so much.

Thu Apr 13, 10:47:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Perhaps I needed to include more information from the stagnant French economy so that you will understand, and I will do it in comparison. The U.S. economy has a 4.5% growth rate compared to less than 2% in France; the U.S. creates 1 million new jobs a year while France has created 1 million jobs in the past 10 years; unemployment in the U.S. is under 5% while it is more than 10% in France and more than 20% among Muslims in France; and one country fires employees for incompetence while the other offers lifetime job security (Washington Post, April 12, 2006). If you can’t get fired and the working conditions are so easy why perform and why leave? So you have incompetent bosses who are going to be your boss until they retire at age 60 and it does not matter how well you do your job you are not going to move up until someone retires or dies.
How would you like to work for someone who can’t get fired, ever, no matter how bad a job they do? And because there are so few jobs, more than 10% of the population sits on French Welfare. How do those Freedom Fries taste now?

Thu Apr 13, 12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And France is roughly the size of what US state? I didn't ask you about growth rate, employment percentages or anything like that...but that's what you answered with, as usual. You make it sound like it's this lock-step military state, you have this job, you cannot advance, you must perform these tasks. They're not robots for cryin' outside! And finally, WHO FRIGGIN' CARES?!?!?! You have made no bones about the fact you dislike France, that's cool. I would venture to say, the French aren't exactly crazy about us. Also cool. Let them do their thing, you do your thing, we don't ask them for help, they don't ask us for help-how's that grab you? Unless the rest of the FREE WORLD is willing to do things exactly the way it's done in America, they can go screw too! I'll be sure to drop Chirac a note, letting him know our decision. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a plate of American Toast and bacon to eat. Sheesh!

Thu Apr 13, 01:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Spotz said...

Um, you do know my hardworking wife is French, don't you?
BTW, what are you doing for work these days, publius?

Thu Apr 13, 02:33:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Sure, what goes on in France has virtually no effect on my life, and I have never been to France, and though I have had the opportunity I will never got to France. But, France is a permanent members of the UN Security Council and in that governing body they do have a great deal of clout; if you try to get a job with the UN they ask that you also speak French. So what does it mean that France, an Old World Power whose glory days have long since past, is so utterly lazy and backwards? You tell me why the U.N. can’t stop Iran from building nukes or why we can’t stop genocide in Africa, or solve any major world problem. No, it’s not all France’s fault, but a nation of lazy, stuck-up, and pampered snobs who don’t seem to understand that in the scheme of things France barely measures up to a 3rd World country, they have the power to stand-up to countries like Iran, and that is dangerous.

Thu Apr 13, 05:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A nation of stuck up, lazy pampered snobs? That one could be applied here too, smarty pants. I have been to France, it's a pretty nice place. And as it was painfully obvious that I was American and didn't speak a lick of French, I found them to be quite accomodating. Hell, we even had a laugh together when I mangled my order at a restaurant. Should we send back that big statue in New York that they sent us? I mean, since they're such jerks and idiots?

Fri Apr 14, 05:25:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Well to every rule there is an exception. I have heard other people who have gone to France tell me how rude the people there were. I have been to Italy, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Germany and had Italians, Irish, English, and Germans tell me how rude the French were to them. I have run into French people while in Europe who wanted to discuss with me how much of an idiot Bush is and all the things wrong with America. And I have talked to French Canadians in Dublin who wanted to tell me how bad America is, and this was while Clinton was President so it had nothing to do with Bush. I will say this, I do like a French baguette though, but that’s about it.

Fri Apr 14, 06:36:00 PM  
Blogger erinberry said...

Generalizations like that are made by the intellectually lazy.

Sat Apr 15, 09:04:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Ah, but Erin didn’t you too just make a generalization? So what does that make you?

Sun Apr 16, 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erin is on point here.

Mon Apr 17, 05:28:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

So anonymous, if that is your real name, what does it say about Erin that she too would make a generalization about me?

Mon Apr 17, 05:02:00 PM  

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