That Nagging French Unemployment and the effect on violence

It is 10.8%, much higher than Germany’s 4.7% and quite lower than Spain’s 22.7%

Youth unemployment is at 23.6% and that create the idol hands causes mischief or violence.

More than 60% of jobless Italians have not worked in over a year; in Greece the rate is over 70%

France has recently changed its methodology in the way it collects and interprets this data so numbers are subject to discussion.

Daimler AG is the latest company to try and skirt the 35 hour work week French law, introduced in 2000 by the then-Socialist government. The German company wants workers at one of its two French factories to put in more hours, hinting that it’ll take operations elsewhere if no accord is reached.

Faced with an unemployment rate stuck at an 18-year high, President Francois Hollande, who was the general secretary of Socialist Party when the 35-hour workweek bill was created, has sought to make the labor market more flexible. His so-called employment-securization bill adopted in June 2013, which allows companies to temporarily change the number of working hours in exchange for a guarantee to keep jobs, is emboldening the likes of Daimler to chip away at the much-derided workweek.

The rationale behind the 35-hour week was that work would be more evenly shared and unemployment would go down.

Germany has the maximum length of the work week of 48 hours, with the option to extend it temporarily to 60.

Making the problem worse is that thousands of migrants have been flocking to France over the past several weeks, making increasingly desperate attempts to get to the U.K., where they believe they will find better job opportunities and a stronger economy. Many of the migrants arriving in France and trying to go to the U.K. are asylum-seekers fleeing violence and civil war in nations like Syria, Afghanistan, and Sudan.

In 2014, just 16 percent of the 52,053 asylum seekers in France were granted asylum, according to the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless People (OFPRA).

The June 26, 2015, terrorist attack on an American-owned chemical factory in Lyon, France, has again raised concerns across French society about jihadist violence and ISIS-inspired domestic terrorism.

January attacks in Paris, in which 12 people were murdered at the satirical news outlet Charlie Hebdo, including four journalists and two police officers, and then the killing of a policewoman and four hostages at a Kosher supermarket.

In December 2014, the Dijon van ramming attack, in which 11 pedestrians were injured, has been declared by the local prosecutor to be a “non-terrorist”  act by a “confused” man who has made 157 visits to psychiatric units in the last 13 years.

In December 2014, the man who attacked the suburban police station near Tours is clear that there was a religious motive as he left evidence of his conversion to extremist Islamist views. Bertrand Nzohabonayo, 20, born in Burundi, converted to Islam a couple of years ago. The man stabbed three police officers in the city of Tours before being shot dead.

Also in December 2014,  a 37-year-old white man, with no known political or religious affiliations, drove his van into a crowded Christmas market in Nantes. The action killed , one person and injured nine. The man repeatedly stabbed himself with a knife

The push back is the limited hiring. For Arabs and blacks, it’s nearly impossible to get jobs. In France, many immigrants and their children don’t feel accepted.

France is a secular republic, with a strict separation of church and state, as epitomized by a 2004 law that reasserted the right of the government to exclude “conspicuous” religious symbols such as crosses, skullcaps and headscarves from public schools. In 2011 the law was extended to ban the wearing of full-face veils in public places.

For 2016, expect the anti-immigrant sentiment to continue. If the unemployment goes higher, the 35 hour work week will fall, and immigration restrictions will tighten.

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