But it's okay, it's been replaced with something else:
"The necessary conditions of confidence and calm are not there, either among young people or companies, to allow the application of the First Job Contract," Mr. Villepin said in a brief speech. He said the now-defunct contract would be replaced by a series of measures to encourage employers to hire unqualified young people. [Disbelieving emphasis mine.]Yeah, providing government-subsidized jobs for unqualified workers is clearly the best way to boost your dying economy. Note to France: Sign up for an Econ 101 class, stat.
The only thing that made this outcome hard to forsee is that both sides are French, so it was a question of who would surrender first. I guess the moral of the story is always go with the French government.
Bruce Bawer is wrong. Europe isn't sleeping, it's in a coma.*
Gateway Pundit has more.
*I couldn't resist that line, but Bawer's book is actually one of the best, and most frightening, things I've read in a long time. I highly recommend it. I may even blog about it later. So back off.