Wednesday February 29th, 2012

Because 2012 is the year where the French presidential elections are taking place, and because economic crisis is around the corner, they are talking a lot on the news lately about French factories that are closing. Whether they used to make cloths, cars, any kind of manufacturing, very big factories are closing shops in France and opening in cheaper countries.

What does this have to do with the elections? Well the current president, Nicolas Sarkozy, running for his second mandate this year, is trying to help the owners by finding potential buyers, in order to tell his potential voters “I did something to help the country vote for me!” While his enemies, the other candidates, since they can’t do anything to help the workers, they are just yelling on TV “Look what the current president did, don’t vote for him vote for me I will help you.”

Why am I talking about this today? It happens that I have friends in Lebanon who got the same fate: their company closed and sent them home. But the difference between France and Lebanon, is that in France the workers first of all will get an indemnity, plus if they don’t find a job the government will help them find one and will also pay them an unemployment salary until they have one. Whereas in Lebanon the workers will get an indemnity (not in all cases, it depends on the size of the company), but the government won’t help them with anything; if they don’t find a job (which is highly likeable in our dark days) well they can just starve to death, no one cares 😦

As a tribute to my friends, I am copying this picture I took when I went to Lebanon for the holidays in December; maybe it will give them a hint where to look for jobs 😉

Cafe in Lebanon called "Beriz" (which is Paris in arabic)

See you tomorrow!

One Response to “Wednesday February 29th, 2012”
  1. :-( says:

    As if the non-employment rate in France is not high enough!

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