The French Have Had It – Toxic Marxist Heritage: A Glimpse of Not-Too Distant US Future

In the transcript below, or from the video, when you read/hear the comments of the French tax lawyer, you will see America and its a dreadful future.


Pull-Out Quote:

JEAN-PHILLIPE DELSOL: And the problem in France, more than all the other countries, is that taxes, the level of taxes, the kind of taxes is changing almost everyday — too difficult to manage a company in France, too difficult to hire people, too difficult to fire people.

Video transcript

NARRATOR: They’re leaving, the wealthy, the best and the brightest. They are saying goodbye to a France they believe doesn’t want them to succeed or become wealthy. According to one poll, half of all young adults in France would leave the country if they could because the future looks so bleak.

It’s pretty tough to be successful in a country where the president says he doesn’t like rich people and where the taxes keep going higher and higher. The wealthy have hit the exits and more and more business people say they have had enough.

French journalist, Anne-Elizabeth Moutet has created a sensation in France with her story in the London Telegraph about those who are leaving France:

MOUTET: The French have had it — is the rich, is the entrepreneurs, the young, who say if I can, I will leave. If I speak a foreign language, I will leave. If I can go and create something similar somewhere else, I will leave.

NARRATOR: Moutet drew a lot of fire from the French establishment and media, so much fire that the attacks on her became a story itself.

MOUTET: Well, the people who disagree with me think that I’m a traitor. They say, ‘you can say this in France, but you can’t say this abroad.’

NARRATOR: France still suffers from a toxic Marxist heritage. The French Left hates what’s called Anglo-Saxon capitalism, but France today is trapped by a welfare state that is an addiction that it can no longer afford; a welfare state that is killing jobs and economic opportunity.

JACOB ARFWEDSON (Paris economist): The young people of France are heading elsewhere. They are going to London, they are going to Asia, they are going to the United States because they want to actually achieve something, which is not immediately taken away by a state that says “you have, therefore I take it.”

NARRATOR: A Canadian ex-patriot explains how easy it is to make a new life in French speaking Quebec. The most recent statistics available show that 26,000 families left in 2010, and 35,000 in 2011. London is now called the sixth largest French city.

French tax lawyer, Jean-Phillipe DelSol, has heard so many complaints from his clients over the years about excessive taxes and regulations that he compiled them all in a book entitled ‘Why I Will Leave France.’

JEAN-PHILLIPE DELSOL: And the problem in France, more than all the other countries, is that taxes, the level of taxes, the kind of taxes is changing almost everyday — too difficult to manage a company in France, too difficult to hire people, too difficult to fire people.

NARRATOR: Last week the man who said he doesn’t like rich people, French President Francois Hollande, was trying to lure top executives back to France, but for foreign businesses…

French union workers have a habit of kidnapping their bosses when their demands aren’t met. It happened again last month at the Goodyear tire plant in Amiens, which Goodyear wants to close. When France’s Industrial Minister tried to get Goodyear to reconsider, the American CEO [Maurice Taylor, Titan International], in a leaked letter said bluntly:

“How stupid do you think we are? I have visited the factory a couple of times. The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours. They told me ‘that’s the French way.'”

Reader’s the following in green text is not a part of the video. It’s information about the Goodyear kidnappings

Workers at a French tyre factory threatened with closure have taken two company executives hostage and promised to hold them until given “enormous amounts of money”.

The “kidnapping” was carried-out at the Goodyear plant in north Amiens that was at the centre of an international spat a year ago after an American businessman called the workers there lazy.

The two men – the firm’s production manager, Michel Dheilly, and the human resources director, Bernard Glesser – were due to meet union representatives on Monday morning. Source: The Guardian

Back to the video:

NARRATOR: Make no mistake, there are still plenty of talented and hardworking Frenchmen, many of them frustrated with the system. Moutet says the political establishment and media would rather stigmatize those who are leaving than face-up to France’s problems, which are deep.

MOUTET: With an overlay of, ‘these are bad French people,’ of, ‘these are traitors, they’re going abroad, we don’t want them.’

NARRATOR: When France’s wealthiest man announced he was leaving over the nation’s new super-tax on the rich, he got the journalistic equivalent of a ‘kick out the door.’

MOUTET: The full headline in Liberation, the only headline on the page was “Get Lost You Rich Bastard.”

NARRATOR: France is now undergoing both a brain-drain and capital flight, and risks becoming one of the poorer nations in Western Europe. John-Phillipe DelSol had a warning for America, saying the U.S. is following in the steps of France with ObamaCare and an exploding welfare state that will be unsustainable.

The French can teach Americans a thing or two about the trap of the welfare state and how hard it is to escape.

More about bossnapping, it’s quite an epidemic. Here’s more:

Maurice Taylor, chairman of U.S. tire maker Titan International (TWI), didn’t mince words when he learned that two Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT) executives were being held hostage by workers in France this week. “They’re crazy,” he told French radio station RTL before police intervened to free the executives on Tuesday. “I mean, come on! Get real! There’s no reason to do that!”

In fact, those workers are far from crazy. “Bossnapping” and similar tactics have turned out to be pretty effective negotiating tools for French labor unions. Workers who have participated in past hostage-taking incidents haven’t been prosecuted, and most have won sizable concessions from employers.

After four executives of Caterpillar (CAT) were held hostage in 2009 for 24 hours to protest layoffs in Grenoble, the company upped its total severance package from €48.5 million to €50 million, amounting to an average €80,000 ($108,000) per worker. The same year, appliance maker Ariston (A3E:GR) agreed to severance packages of up to €90,000 for workers at a factory in Brittany who protested planned layoffs by locking the manager out of the building.

In still another case—among a spate of 10 French “bossnappings” in 2009—the manager of a 3M (MMM) factory in the town of Pithiviers was taken hostage in a dispute over severance pay. The workers served him a takeout meal of mussels and French fries before deciding to let him go and pursue their grievances in court. An appeals court ruled in their favor last July, ordering 3M to pay €800,000 to 110 laid-off workers. Source: BusinessWeek

Dave Blount at Moonbattery has excellent commentary on the the death of France and the Democrat death spiral. Read it here.

Soon there will be no one left in France but Muslims on welfare. The country will have been erased by a sickness masquerading as an ideology. ~ Blount

 Video courtesy of CBN, Dale Hertz

France’s Reckoning: Rich, Young Flee Welfare State (video)
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  • Jack Shaw

    Great post,bad look at America’s future. This could easily be the U.S. and maybe in the next 20 years.Everything has to change,soon.

    • Hi Jack, I don’t think it will 20 years to get to this dark place. We’re nearly there. My biggest fear is that we will elect an Republican in name-only who will not have the stones to undo EVERYTHING that Obama has done. That’s our only chance at survival of what you and I know as America (imo). I think of a possible president/veep combo who can walk-in and undo the EPA, completely, clean out State and start over, correct the military PC and ROE, take a machete to duplicative federal programs and get welfare back to taking care of those who must be taken care of, and of course, stopping Obamacare in it’s tracks — then there’s giving back private land the government has seized needlessly for federal property, and securing the border before another thing is done on amnesty. Can you think of a combo that can make that happen? I can think of only one, maybe two.

  • KatieNorcross

    Eventually there will be nothing in France but closed factories and Muslims on welfare. That nation will be just another Muslim hellhole.

  • Babylonandon

    We don’t JUST need term limits on politicians. We need a term limit on our Capitol, too. The nation’s Capitol should move. Every 8 – 12 years or so, it should shift to another State Capitol. Its NOT like they actually work that many days anyway so they could alternate with that State’s Legislature.

    This change would end build up an incestuous Capitol culture like the one we have now and force our Government to become smaller and more nimble in its structure and more representative of the country instead of the DC culture.

    Keep DC as a Museum with a few necessary permanent facilities like the Pentagon and shift the bureacracy.

    • Babylonadon, that’s a great idea, but how would they populate K Street – all those empty buildings? Seriously, that would be a wonderful thing. Particularly when they get to the midwest and the south. They’d have to put up with all those twangy accents.

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