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June 02, 2005

No to a Market Society!

The French left's complaint with Jacques Chirac is that he is too neoliberal for their taste:

French Workers Greet New Prime Minister With Rail Strike - New York Times: French workers greeted the new government of Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin today not with a show of solidarity, but with a national transportation strike.... The protest came as the popularity of President Jacques Chirac has plunged to the lowest level of his ten-year presidency. A poll conducted by TNS Sofres after French voters decisively rejected a Constitution for Europe on Sunday - a vote that was also a rebuff of Mr. Chirac's presidency - said 74 percent of voters did not trust him. Only 24 percent said they had confidence in President Chirac.

Fifty-eight percent of those polled said that unemployment, at a five-year high of 10.2 percent, was their primary concern. The strike... forced the cancellation of up to 75 percent of commuter trains between Paris and its suburbs, and disrupted rush-hour traffic. Some 65 percent of national-line trains and 40 percent of the country's high-speed TGV trains were also out of service. "With the nomination of Dominique de Villepin as prime minister, the president does not seem to have understood," said the CGT - the Confédération Générale du Travail - one of the striking unions, in a communiqué today. It added that it was awaiting "concrete actions" to "eradicate unemployment, misery and poverty."...

Posted by DeLong at June 2, 2005 12:58 PM