.. if you want to get your way in France, that leftist bastion, the envy of all us uncivilised barbarians. Learn from them you savages, soft power, that is the new way forward.
President Jacques Chirac announced plans Monday to replace an employment law that triggered massive protests and strikes across France, bowing to intense pressure [burn, pillage, riot] from students and unions and dealing a blow to his loyal premier.Sorry Ville, my ass was on the line, so yours got the boot.
The move comes as a blow to Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who championed the contract despite weeks of protests - at times violent - across the country. Villepin was to make a statement later Monday.