France: Will Youth Strike Out?

A controversial new labor law has led to a general strike, but it may be what's needed to pry open the job market for chronically unemployed young people

The Mar. 28 general strike in France over a controversial new labor law has once again focused attention on the nation's rigid employment laws and their effect on the French economy. The new law, known as the First Job Contract (the Contrat Premiere Embauche, or CPE), is much loathed by the many students and labor unions that have noisily demonstrated against it.

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