Monday, April 10, 2006

The People: 1, The Man: 0

Jacques Chirac finally came to his senses today and abandoned the CPE job law that took away job security for young workers. This represents a damning loss for Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, for whom the law was considered his greatest achievement. Chirac joins the long line of politicians including Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy who have condemned the law as destructive.

This reversal by Chirac represents a major win not only for French workers, but also for the 2007 Presidential frontrunner Ségolène Royal. As the lead Socialist Party candidate, Royal has effectively built her campaign on the resentment surrounding the laws. Taking a page from Democratic internet pioneer Howard Dean, Royal has launched a new web-based manifesto that seeks to democratize the election process even further. Ms. Royal will use her website as a forum to discuss issues important to the French and accept feedback to improve her political platform.