- Three questions
The uprising of the youths seems to
spread into the universities. They are fighting against the law
for the First Employment Contract (CPE or Contrat de Premiere
Embauche) that includes a probation period of two years for those
under 26 years of age. What do you think about this?
- Recently (November 2005) there has
been the revolt of the suburbs. Today (March 2006) there is a
strike in the universities. The young in the suburbs, who are
at the lowest level in the society and often without any scholarship,
were revolting because of fear of the future and being abandoned
by the rest of the nation.
The young university students are profoundly
upset by this contract that put them in a precarious situation.
Their anger reflects their anxiety. The politicians seem to sell
them at a loss. When university and high school students are
demonstrating in France, a strong indication is given: society
is not preparing their future and their entering into the working
- Often many demonstrators claim
a "breakdown" between the nation and the young. What
do you think about it?
- The breakdown is mainly with the
politicians. The university students are the future of a nation.
More than any other generations, they anticipate the future.
Imposing what is good for them has not much chance to succeed.
There is a wall of misunderstanding
between the young and the government. They don't communicate
any more between each other since a long time. When the President
of the Republic had a dialogue with the young about the European
Constitution, he was in another planet. When the Prime Minister
explained himself on TV about this Contract, he was also out
of phase with them. This breakdown is very serious.
- A question about international
affairs: Georges Bush has never been so low in the polls (36
% approval according to the last poll). How to understand the
change of opinion of the American people?
One of the reasons for this change of
the American people's opinion seems to me that the situation
in Iraq is growing worse. The public has been misled.
Iraq is today on the verge of civil war. Terrorist attacks happen
every day. American soldiers are still dying. The way the prisoners
in Iraqi jails have been treated has been a scandal.
The United States is trapped in a war that should have never
happened. Bush does not know how to get out of it.
(Interviewed by Olivier Galzi)