Friday, October 22, 2010
Taking French lessons ...
I can't pretend to have much admiration for France. During the 20th century, the French have routinely rubbed Americans (including me) the wrong way. In fact, there are a number of failures of the French in succession that must have frustrated members of the American government beyond belief.
After the defeat of the fascists, France also caused headaches for America by pariticpating in an attempt to leverage Egypt out of key land (with the help of Great Britain and Israel) in the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956.
In case you're wondering what I'm referring to, it's the recent decision by the French Parliament to raise the national retirement age from 60 to 62 and increasing the age for full pension from 65 to 67. Why? It's a measure that is designed to save money. France is heavily in debt and making these moves to ensure pensions will be secured for future generations.