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  1. Introduction
  2. Part I
    1. France requires a reform on its employment policy
    2. French people: A particular state of mind
  3. Part 2
    1. French people took First Job Contract the wrong way
    2. The First Job Contract would have been modified
  4. Part 3
    1. The First Job Contract: an excuse for abuses
    2. The media: Let's not exaggerate
  5. Conclusion
  6. Bibliography

On August the 5th 1981, President Reagan fired 11,359 striking air traffic controllers who had ignored his order to return to work. It might seem utterly mad to a French audience because since May the 25th 1864, the Loi Ollivier has authorized the "right to be on strike". Indeed, the French legal system over protects employees from dismissal or firing. For instance, in 2005 the former La Samaritaine employees received roughly 5 years salary in compensation for an illegal dismissal. It emphasizes that each country has its own point of view concerning job demonstrations because of its own unique history. This was the case in the First Job Contract and the March 2006 riots that caused a lot of ink to flow in the French and international press. This profusion of articles gives us a broad range of view points about this situation. Through a selection of articles aiming at giving information to American, British and French audiences, we could figure out that both natives and foreigners can be critical of the French predicament.

[...] Through the articles from the international press, we have extended our own opinion to a worldwide one. Consequently, we have kept in mind that the more sources we have, the more reliable our viewpoint is. Now if we had studied the question ?Does the media think that the First Contract Job is the best for creating we would have been very surprised: according to an article published in Liberation.fr[12], the idea of the First Job Contract gradually seduced the United States. [...]


[...] The calculated hypocrisy among the French political elite has an effect on its population who are fed up with it passing itself off as gullible: the First Job Contract was taken as an opportunity for expressing themselves about the government's lack of credibility French people: a particular state of mind Numerous riots such as those of May 1968 and March 2006 proved that the politics of protest is a dominant characteristic of the French people. We also notice that they are afraid of making modifications in their legislation. [...]

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