France to me is like the perfect representation of the last vestiges of large scale European economic leftism breaking up against the jagged impenetrable walls of a global market that cares nothing for it and never will. In that sense I pity the French. They were raised to believe and live a lifestyle that cannot sustain against stronger foreign work ethics that merge better with globalism. The French work ethic and way of viewing the world does not merge well if at all with globalism. I never actually thought French people were economically backwards until reading political forums and seeing them throw in with the lowest order of vagabond ragtag communists and the like. They really do have a basic incompatibility with globalism (which simply means capitalism). In many senses the average French person is more ideologically red than the average Chinese communist member that runs their own business. This is ironic but very telling to Frances decline. The French actually believe in their leftism whereas the Chinese Communist card carrier does not.
Okay, let's be serious here.
There's been a growing backlash in the Swiss cantons bordering France against French residents who cross the border every day to work in Switzerland. The reasons why they seek work here are obvious. Our salaries are often up to three times higher than theirs. Local populist political parties have been calling for years for a reduction in French workers. Since the cost of living in France is so much lower, they come here and are willing to work for half the money a Swiss citizen needs. Obviously, Swiss companies were very happy at first to be hiring employees who were willing to work for peanuts (Swiss peanuts, of course, which everyone knows are made of pure gold). This made Swiss citizens really angry as they saw all those French workers as "stealing their jobs".
Now, according to the newspaper in question, of which I happen to have a copy right here on my desk, this new trend of avoiding French nationals is mostly affecting the banking/financing industries. The work ethic in this industry is extremely strict and demanding even by Swiss standards. Call it anal-retentive if you're so inclined, but the Swiss work ethic and the French work ethic (if such a thing even exists LOL!) are not exactly compatible. I'm not surprised employers in this particular industry are starting to avoid French applicants.
Last edited by Arcana XV; 08-03-13 at 12:59 PM.
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They sound just like the American working class.
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