Every time, writes Dalrymple, the French government
tries to liberalise the sclerotic labour market, there are riots. That (considerable) part of the population which benefits from the legal privileges it enjoys is unable or unwilling to grasp that, in a market, the protections of some are the obstacles of others. Such privileges set one part of the population against another.
The loi El Khomri
would make it easier and less ruinously expensive for an employer to sack an employee, as well as cheaper for the employer to require employees to work beyond the statutory 35 hours.
The response: riots. There is deep satisfaction in destruction, so in Nantes, a Porsche was torched as a symbol of plutocracy.
What delight those who set fire to it must have felt as they saw the flames! What greater joy can there be than arson in the name of social justice?
The owner turned out to be an electrician.