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French strike to save ‘birthright’ of privileges

October 24, 2010
AP
10/20/2010

“Culturally the French excel – food, wine, fashion – otherwise they come off as the biggest asses and cowards on the face of the earth.  Come on, it is their birthright to be taken care of from cradle to grave?  Great.  Let us let the global elite have France and they can leave the rest of the world to those of us who are willing to work hard for what we want and show some integrity not laziness.” ~ Tom DeWeese

Battling for benefits is a tradition in the Gilly family, passed from generation to generation – as it is for families across the country. And that goes some way toward explaining why the protests against plans to raise France’s retirement age have shown such determination and ferocity.

For Gilly and many other Frenchmen and women, social benefits such as long vacations, state-subsidized health care and early retirement are more than just luxuries: They’re seen as a birthright – an essential part of the identity of today’s France.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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