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"Thousands of French, mostly young, demonstrated in Paris this week, demanding the government withdraw a law that would allow French companies to fire workers under the age of 26 who have less than two years on the job. The demonstrators apparently believe that an employers should not have the right to dismiss anyone. As you know, The Factor is boycotting France because I believe President Chirac is anti-American and helped Saddam Hussein stay in power. France and the USA have drastically different world views. France is an entitlement state, with guaranteed wages, jobs, retirement, health benefits, five weeks vacation, and on and on. With life guarantees, there is little incentive for individuals to work hard and push creative boundaries. Thus the French economy is stagnant and unemployment among young people stands at a whopping 22%. To be totally honest, I don't give a hoot about the French economy. The intriguing question is - will the USA become like France? The far left here loves the entitlement culture. Europe has embraced that system, the USA has not, and that angers radical left Americans. They want no uncertainty, they want security. Of course, someone has to pay for that security, and France can't. The French system will collapse, just wait and see. That should be a lesson for us all."