April 18, 2004


French battle over 35-hour week (Guardian News Service, 4/18/04)

French leftwing groups and trade unions howled down a proposal to touch one of the most sacred tenets of French life: the 35-hour week.

Members of the ruling centre-right party proposed that the law, inherited from the last Socialist government, be altered to allow companies rather than the state to set their own ceilings on working hours.

Why shouldn't a dying race enjoy its twilight years?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 18, 2004 11:13 AM

"Sacred tenets"?

I thought laicite was beyond silly, stupid religion.

Posted by: Brian (MN) at April 18, 2004 12:30 PM

This "sacred tenet" of their worship of the state is only 6 years old! I say again, something horrible happened, and now I'm stuck in bizarro world.

Posted by: brian at April 18, 2004 4:29 PM

If they are dying, why are there more of them now than ever before?

Posted by: Harry Eagar at April 18, 2004 7:14 PM

There are far fewer, as a %.

Posted by: oj at April 18, 2004 7:22 PM

OJ, I was reading this post aloud to my wife, I barely got through your last comment, and we were both rolling on the ground with laughter.

This was great. Really. At least from the perspective of people who love French culture, but wish that it involved someone other than, well, the French.

Posted by: Arnold Williams at April 18, 2004 11:27 PM