Another Reason Not to Fear the French

by Mr Juggles

Their new president plans to implement controversial legislation by waiting until all his citizens leave for their (long) vacation. Brilliant and yet pathetic, a la meme fois.

Parliament usually is away from mid-July to October, but Mr. Sarkozy has suggested he would call a special session to push through legislation while most of the French are vacationing — and when it would be hard for unions to mobilize them.

The unions warned against it. “Whoever is elected president, if he or she thinks there are things that must be decided very fast, in a flash, and pass them in July, watch out,” said Mr. Mailly of the Force Ouvrière federation. “There’ll eventually be a boomerang effect.”

Absurd. The US equivalent to this would be traders running up the price of thinly-traded and heavily-shorted stocks during August when the entire financial community is out in the Hamptons. Oh wait…

Recommendation: Long summer vacations, short France and the Hamptons.

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  1. May 9th, 2007 | 4:46 pm

    Given how lazy American unions are, my mind shudders at the pace of French unions.
    The French Boomerang (made of baguettes? mimes?) won’t hit that hedge fund hating two faced SOB until he’s rolling in his grave.

  2. Cincinnatus_C
    May 9th, 2007 | 8:44 pm

    I’d like a French Boomerang and a coffee (black) please.

  3. May 10th, 2007 | 6:17 am

    those french unions have a certain “i dont know what” that i just love.

  4. Kilian
    May 10th, 2007 | 5:14 pm

    And they don’t have a word for entrepreneur either. Although what union does?

  5. Sean
    May 21st, 2007 | 5:04 pm

    France: higher GDP per hour worked than the U.S.

    Also, I really hope Kilian is joking.