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'Macron, You're Screwed': Tens of Thousands March in France Against Anti-Worker Reforms


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'Macron, You're Screwed': Tens of Thousands March in France Against Anti-Worker Reforms

Jake Johnson, staff writer

As French President Emmanuel Macron seeks to ram through pro-business labor reforms that would weaken the bargaining power of workers and make it easier for companies to fire employees, tens of thousands of workers and students took to the streets across France Tuesday to express their opposition to Macron's agenda.

"We're not expecting the 12th to be a tidal wave, we see it more as a starting point."
—Stéphane Enjarlan, Solidaires


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Yet another wolf in sheep’s clothing not unlike Trudeau in Canada both whose allegiances lay with corporatists (oil/energy in Canada) while they very carefully masqueraded as advocates for the “common man” all-the-while “pulling the wool over” the voters’ eyes. History down through the ages has proven that “austerity” SIMPLY AND UNDENIABLY DOES NOT WORK. People who have lived their lives in protected privilege and untold wealth either in whole or part and then step into leadership roles in the public sector simply cannot relate to the wants and needs of the lowly plebeian who toils day-in and day-out just to keep ahead of the debt collector(s). And not unlike the American diabolical despot who fooled the ignorant with his “populism.”

Have to say that the alternative LePen in France would have been even more disastrous.


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A round of applause for the French “Slackers”!! The so-called independently wealthy such as investors don’t work at all for their money–you work to make the wealth they enjoy. Glad to see the French stand up to their “lesser evil”.


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Desperately needed. France’s economy and labor markets are very inefficient. Germany made similar changes a while back and look at the results there.


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“Tens of thousands”??? Try hundreds of thousands, if not millions.

There were “tens of thousands” in each of the major cities’ demos. We already know that mainstream journalists can’t see or hear. Now we know they can’t count.


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Desperately needed, says who? The Economist? France’s economy is fine and the collective spirit there is much greater than other parts of Europe. Germany’s array of taxes are similar to France’s, but you’re touting the results there.


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Taxes? Talking about the economy here and specifically employment.

France has higher unemployment and a slower growing economy than Germany and has for many years now.


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This is what an organized working class looks like!


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And they aren’t even getting pepper-sprayed, much less beaten or shot! Must be nice to live in a civilized country.


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Time to follow their example.


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It’s mainly one union which have a Communist background. They are on the wrong side of reality.

From Reuters:

Governments on the political left and right have been trying for decades to overhaul the 3,000-page labour code, but ended up watering down their plans in the face of street demonstrations.

An opinion poll published on Sept. 1 indicated that voters have mixed views on the reform. Nearly six in 10 said they opposed Macron’s labour decrees overall. But when respondents looked at individual measures, most received majority support.


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Being “unemployed” - is really not a bad thing if there is a social wage that is equally shared from the productive capacity of a society. The “unemployed” person can instead pursue all sorts of more satisfying creative and enriching activity. In many cases these are much more creative and socially useful activities than the alienating, dehumanizing submission to a the barking orders of capitalist dog in order to avoid starving or freezing to death.

You’ve made your point now. we’ve heard your arguments defending the indefensible ad-nauseum. Time for you to take your trolling elsewhere…


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In other words you want a free ride through life.


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Nope. Everybody has talents they want to pursue and everybody want to contribute to their society with those talents.

From each according to their abilities, to each, according to their needs.

“Slackers” largely exist as a side-effect of capitalism and its hierarchical structures - and indeed, the biggest slackers and leeches are the idle wealthy (I’ve met plenty of them) who contribute to society in no useful way.


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When Marcon said “slackers” he was referring to previous leaders who eased off the reform.


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People simply want a fair ride through life. Many folks simply cannot survive on the crap jobs and pay offered to them even when they are available. You want to talk about free rides in life. How about those who are born with silver spoons in their mouths, simply because they were the progeny of ultra rich parents. Kardashians, Waltons, Trumps etc. And they all turn out to be sociopaths because they believe they are more worthy than the rest of humanity. They are the ones who want a free ride through life and actually live in that manner. Meanwhile the rest of people work their fingers to the bone simply trying to survive in a system designed to keep them indebted their whole lives.


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“Lazy people are the independently wealthy, who don’t need to work for a living,” Hamon retorted. “And a lot of independently wealthy picked Emmanuel Macron as their champion.”

YES! Well said.


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Yeah, sure. Did Fox news say that?


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No, Marcon said it. Many news outlets then reported it.

He said the “slackers” comment was aimed at those who had failed to push through reforms in the past, although political opponents and some unions took it as an attack on the unemployed or on workers making the most of job protection.

The best part:

An opinion poll published on Sept. 1 indicated that voters have mixed views on the reform. Nearly six in 10 said they opposed Macron’s labor decrees overall. But when respondents looked at individual measures, most received majority support.


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Pepper spray and beatings to follow…

They have infuriated agitators, some of whom today fought running battles with riot police close to Bastille square, in Paris, using Molotov cocktails.

‘Anarchists wearing black masks have infiltrated the protests, and vandalised nearby property before attacking police’, said a trade union demonstrator in the French capital.