Sunday, May 06, 2007

Sarkozy won: long live the new president?

It beats the French "job for life" dream. This is real, not a dream: about 5% of unemployment!

As an expat this whole campaign feels very remote. I must admit once again I didn't vote. I didn't know who to vote for anyway: "soft left or hard right?". Tough choice eh. Well it is too late now; no need to wimp. Nevertheless, the $10,000 question remains: "Will Sarkozy be able to pull together and unite the ever-so fragmented France? Or will we see an even larger social gap form in France?"

I sincerely hope that Sarkozy can take the whole France through the necessary economic reforms required and give a decent job to the whole population. I lived now nearly 8 years in UK. I can vouch for it: more flexible employment laws bring more jobs. Before jumping to your gun and throwing at me the usual old "job for life" argument listen to that:

I came to UK barely able to speak English (well proper English - English, I could speak text book English but that is different). I was welcome anyway. They gave me a chance. I struggled and still do despite this I can find jobs because employers know that if it does not go too well they can get rid of me relatively quickly (and trust me they do).

The result: I have worked for 3 different companies, done 3 different jobs, multiplying my salary nearly by 3 in about 8 years without - and that is the best part - not a single day out of employment, right mate, not even one. It beats the French "job for life" dream. This is real, not a dream: about 5% of unemployment!

1 comment:

Christophe said...

Well, you could have stayed in France and not had a single day of unemployment either... So I don't buy your argument ;)