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Strikes, floods, protests and sense of betrayal pile on misery for France | World news | The Guardian

The national disruption comes a year before a presidential election in which François Hollande's chances of winning a second term appear nonexistent, even though figures show that France may be emerging from economic crisis. Last month the Economist said France's economy was showing signs of growth and there were "indications that confidence is returning".

Not quickly enough, perhaps, for Hollande and his Socialists, but then the confidence problem goes much deeper than opposition to one law, or even opposition to the party in power or the man at the Elysée. France is going through a long-term political existential crisis, summed up by the morose phrase, heard often of late, "France is unhappy".

Angei admitted that discontent in France goes deeper than the labour law. "This law takes us back 200 years, but the battle has crystallised a lot of the unhappiness in France and has revealed the malaise that exists. The reason we've seen lots of people on the streets is because people feel this government has betrayed them.

"François Hollande was elected on a leftwing programme; he said he didn't like the world of finance, then he comes to power and supports the bosses. The ordinary citizen sees this and doesn't identify with this government."

Mickael Maindron, 38, a technology consultant, said: "It's true we're not very happy at the moment, although the French do have a tendency to complain, but the political parties are asking us to make efforts and these efforts are not being translated into benefits in daily life. It feels like we've been in a state of permanent crisis for the last 30 years."


Warning: Contains some amount of neo-lib drivel and Confidence Fairy cultism.
by Bernard on Sun Jun 5th, 2016 at 04:10:01 AM EST

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