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November 15, 2007

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gleek

wow, how crazy! of course, we're not hearing about this first-hand in the states so i'm glad to read this tale from you. i hope julien makes it home soon! i hate it when my hubby travels and i have to go days without seeing him. i totally understand how you feel.

(p.s. when i saw the title of your post before i clicked through, i thought, "yeah, the writers guild strike is effecting all us mamas who want to watch some good TV!" hahahah, wow, i need to get more on top of world events!!)

Steph

Yeah, I thought you were talking about the WGA strike as well! It's a big deal here in Los Angeles, as your sister has probably told you.
Here's hoping that the writers in LA and the stagehands in New York and the transportation employees in Paris get what they want soon, so we can all go back to watching (and making) American TV, seeing Broadway shows, and riding Parisian trains.

marie

" I find it a pity that the French have to resolve themselves to striking to be heard": c'est plutôt qu'ils font grève AVANT de négocier...

GIna

We're blocked out of our fac here in Lyon too, but the public transportation isn't on strike (yet). For our program, it's quite hard because we only have classes until January before we start our internships, so every class we miss becomes an issue. We may be unblocked on Tuesday, but no one really knows. Bah. Yesterday, as I was waiting for hours at the prefecture (stupid carte de sejour), the EDF/GDF employees (their building is next door) were striking, but doing so with a rather large sound system and a bizarrre variety of music. And that is how Barry White became the sound of the greve here for me...

Aimee

When are the negotiations supposed to happen? Seems backwards to me to strike first and then ask to negotiate. Ah... the French. :)

joy

I'm so glad that Philippe and I live in the centre piéton of Montpellier, and both within walking/biking distance of where we work... Everything I need is just steps away from my door. I'm sorry you don't have your husband with you right now. Paris sounds like a real bordel en ce moment...

Jennifer

Ah... the French. Strike first, negociate later.

I am hit hard by the strikes. I live out by Disneyland and I work at La Défense. No RER A means that Métro line 1 (the only métro that goes to La Défense) is trying to cram in millions of workers trying to get to the business district of Paris.

Today it took me 3 hours and 15 minutes to get to work. On the sixth day of the strike.

It's hell, however, that being said, I do not want Sarko to be lenient. It seems to be, that giving the strikers what they want is akin to coddling to a tantrum-given toddler.... The people voted him (Sarko) in and now one cannot find one person who admits that they voted for him.

Why was he voted in? Because the French want change but don't want to admit it to each other because it means adjusting and the French are not very good at adjusting (IMHO). If you say you voted for Sarko, you might as well be saying that you're responsable for the strikes.

To me, it seems perfectly reasonable that everyone pays into the French government the same way and everyone works the same amount of time. The only exception that I could see would be jobs that are clearly dangerous for a person's health, but in that case, I think that it's reasonable that they would be retrained to do something different.

France needs to change in many many ways and this is just the beginning. Buckle down my pretties, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

I have a cousin that is an economist. She said that before Mitterand took office in the 80s, France national debt was -15% of Holland's. Now it's about +75%.

Things need to change. One day I want to be able to open my own business in France. Today it doesn't seem possible. Hopefully, one day that's a dream that I'll be able to pull off and not be drowned in government regulations should I succeed.

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