September 19, 2007


In seeking economic reform, Sarkozy urges French to 'change mentalities' (Katrin Bennhold, September 19, 2007, NY Times)

President Nicolas Sarkozy, trying to overhaul labor markets, pensions and the tax system, promised Wednesday a "revolution" within the state itself.

The president's message, in a speech to civil servants in the western city of Nantes, was two-fold: In the global economy of the 21st century, a strong French state is as important as ever - but it will have to be a more nimble institution that minimizes abuse and gives taxpayers value for money.

Sarkozy vowed to cut the number of civil servants radically and proposed that some state employees be hired without the perks traditionally associated with jobs in the public sector. He plans to do away with pay scales and introduce performance reviews and merit-based pay. [...]

"What I am proposing to you is a cultural revolution, a revolution to change mentalities," Sarkozy said.

Merit is a dagger aimed at the heart of egalitarianism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 19, 2007 4:51 PM
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