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A million or so Frenchmen took the day off to protest a law that would make it possible to fire a worker if he had worked less than two years and was under 26 years old. After that, he pretty much owns the job. Those who had jobs probably got paid for the day. They burned cars and flung empty wine bottles at each other. No injury or death was reported. But there is a lot of handwring going on over how this will effect France’s image in the world. Nobody is talking about how permenently installing unproductive people in lifetime jobs will further serve to nudge an already moribund economy over the socialist cliff.