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Three questions….to Jacques Gaillot








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Three questions….to Jacques Gaillot

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.

étudiants 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 world. 
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. 

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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?
opinion publique 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)