…against CPE, the new youth employment law. Latest updates on unrest in france. They had to close down the Eiffel Tower and 200 were arrested during clashes yesterday. Between 1.1 million and 2.7 million demonstrators were out on the streets. I don’t know who did the counting but I guess les flics came up with the lower figure as usual.
Unions have called for fresh strikes and protests next week. Universities across France have been the centre of protests against the new labour law making it easier to fire young workers starting their first job. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin’s reputation is on the line. He is a potential candidate for president when Chirac steps down. This is 1968 all over again with a French government out of touch with the people.
Robert and Isabelle Tombs have written an account of the love-hate relationship between the French and the English called That Sweet Enemy and published by Heinemann (pp624). 12 million Britons visit France every year and they own roughly 600,000 homes in the country. The book is a well-researched account of the traffic of ideas, tastes and people across “La Manche.” It is also large and heavy enough to use as a missile on the barricades.