Photographer's Note

Yesterday, hundreads of thousands of people went out to the streets in France to protest the introduction of a youth work contact.

People in France are horrified of "la precarit" (precarious life). This concept is tied to the appartheid-like system going on in France currently.

In France there are those who have an unlimited duration contract which makes it difficult to get laid off, and those with limited duration contracts (CDD's) If you do not have an unlimited contract you will not be given a loan by the banks and you will have a hard time finding an apartment for rent among other things. As the French economy is not doing very well, ulimited contracts are becoming more rare, and thus more people are having difficulties in their daily lives even if they have a CDD and make ok money.

I think that flexible labour market is key to dynamize society, but also that the foundations of french mentality must change. Banks should be forced to give a percentage of their mortgages to people not on unlimited contracts. Owners of rental properties should have the right to kick out renters who do not pay the rent, thus minimizing their risks to rent apartments to people without limited contracts.

Unless these, and other things do not change, people are going to have a very hard time accepting changes in labour laws.

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