Monday, April 03, 2006

Sarkozy To Meet with French Labor Leaders

Nicolas Sarkozy, France's Interior minister and president of the ruling UMP party, is meeting today with union leaders to try and find a compromise regarding the CPE contract law that would give employers the right to arbitrarily dismiss employees under 26. Anger over the bill manifested itself in a 3 million strong protest last week. Public opinion polls show that support for the bill hover around 5%. Despite this, Dominique de Villepin has ignored the CPE outrage and is trying to push the bill ahead. Sarkozy, who is positioning himself for a 2007 Presidential run wants to soften the CP and make it more "worker friendly", but labor leaders want the law completely scrapped. Even former French Prime Minister Edouard Balladur says that the CPE is dead in the water and should be buried.