Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Oh, The Irony

The Eiffel Tower was shut down, air and rail travel interrupted and tied up. Students barricaded themselves in schools in protest of a law which would make it easier to fire young workers. The widespread rioting has sent the French nation into crisis mode. There have been demonstrations for two months against the law, but the President of France, Jacques Chirac, signed it anyway on Sunday.

The rioting has alarmed foreign businesses, as the Irish airline, such as Ryanair, who canceled all its flights in and out of France.

When you think about how America and Americans are viewed by Europeans in general and the French in particular, they think of us as a bunch of unruly cowboys, this civil upheaval is pretty ironic, isn’t it?


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