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The transportation strikes about the pensions reform are suspended.

Well, all that the French media are talking about is "usagers" happy that they can go on their daily grind. Interviewing ordinary people, asking, "are you happy the strikes are over?", "Yes". That, and Sarkozy triumphing, "I promised a reform, and I done it".

Of course, the only reason there was a strike, and it lasted so long, is that the government refused to negotiate. Sarkozy wanted to beat a strike, and got that image in the media. Now he is going to give up concessions, real compensations, but the media aren't going to talk about that... It would destroy their hyperpresidential Thatcher narrative.

Yesterday there was a university-and-high-school student demonstration in front of the Sorbonne. According to witnesses, there was some violence. Strangely, we don't hear about that... The only demonstrators the government truly fears, as they are not union controlled, are the high school students.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 07:08:15 PM EST

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