France’s Retirement Reform: Too Little, Too Late?

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He worked with unions. But is it enough? Post to Facebook France’s retirement reform: Too little, too late? on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1aFlQMF Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 7 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs France’s retirement reform: Too little, too late? USATODAY 3:22 p.m. EDT October 14, 2013 French President Francois Hollande French President Hollande managed to changed the pension system by working with unions Still, they plan protests Tuesday And critics says he succeeded by making small changes that won’t achieve what’s necessary SHARE 11 CONNECT 26 TWEET 7 COMMENTEMAILMORE PARIS (AP) President Francois Hollande has managed to do what was once thought impossible: Make changes to France’s cherished and generous retirement system with little resistance from unions. His secret? The changes are so small and put off so far into the future that economists say they aren’t worthy of the name “reform.” Labor unions were calling for protests across France on Tuesday. But the demonstrations are not expected to turn into the massive protests that brought cities to a standstill in 2010, when Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, raised the retirement age. Partially that is because Hollande, a Socialist, consulted with union leaders when drawing up the reform. Also, the changes, which the lower house of parliament votes on this week, will fix only a part of what needs changing, analysts say. “It’s the salami strategy,” said Elie Cohen, an economist at Sciences Po university.

France vs. Finland: Final score 3-0, Les Bleus win, but still playoff-bound

Sign up now! France vs. Finland: Final score 3-0, Les Bleus win, but still playoff-bound Gear Up! Ryan Rosenblatt, SBNation Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 5:07 PM France wiped the floor with Finland at the Stade de France on Tuesday, but unfortunately for the home side, it meant absolutely nothing. Spain’s win over Georgia clinched first place in the group for the defending world champions and relegated Les Bleus to the playoff. Franck Ribery put France in front after just eight minutes with a spectacular goal from distance. He cut in from the left and from more than 20 yards, hit a blistering shot that found the upper corner. When Ribery scored, Spain were still scoreless with Georgia and France had some hope, but it wouldn’t last long. Spain scored, then they added another, essentially wrapping up a victory and left France to play for nothing more than pride. France did well playing for pride, keeping the pressure on Finland even if it didn’t pay off until the 76th minute. That’s when Joona Toivo put the ball in his own net to wrap up France’s win, but they would add another anyways. Karim Benzema scored one more to cap off the win and, more importantly, get him back on track for the national team after months of frustration and no goals. Unfortunately for France, they will not be a seeded team for the playoff, meaning they will have a tough opponent in next month’s two-legged tie.