A Strange Kind of Revolution

JEROME SESSINI FOR TIME

ETERNAL FLAME: Protests on Paris streets, this time over employment reforms

It's all going to blow up." this prophecy, which often comes up in French conversations, suggests that we understand our own history. Indeed, in France — where the word consensus is not exactly common usage, and the word reformist is considered an insult — confrontation always seems inevitable. Whether the First Employment Contract (cpe), the measure intended to encourage job creation by allowing employers to more easily dismiss the young staffers they take on, is good or bad is beside the point. It took an unusual degree of blindness for Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin to think that the French,...

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