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Friday, March 31, 2006

"French Offer Concessions: World Not Shocked"

President Jacques Chirac said Friday he would press ahead with a contentious labor law making it easier to fire younger workers, but he offered some concessions in hopes of calming furious protests that led to nationwide strikes.

Chirac said he would reduce a trial period during which employees 26 and younger could be summarily dismissed from two years to one, and he would require employers to offer reasons.

Remember when France was actually a world power? Neither do I.

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