Moment of Youth

AP PHOTO / FRANCOIS MORI

High school students write "No to CPE" on their skin, during a protest outside Paris's Sorbonne University.

Since the beginning of April, the French first employment contract, an attempt to encourage the hiring of youth under 26 by reducing their employment protection, has been the law of the land. But if there is such a thing as a Pyrrhic compromise, President Jacques Chirac and the millions who have taken to the streets to protest the law have found it. The French President has asked employers not to apply the law in its current form, and the changes it will undergo are unlikely to make it better at creating jobs for the one-quarter of French youth who don't have...

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