Hope but no change in France 希望、と唱えても、フランスでは変化は起こらない
Hope but no change in France
President Francois Hollande, buoyed by the euphoria of his election in 2012, when everything good seemed possible and even probable, promised to resign if he failed to turn the struggling economy around. Frenchmen, like the Americans, swallowed whole the empty but clever marketing message of “Hope and Change,” excited that a politician was willing to put his job on the line.
Words have meaning, and, too bad for politicians, so do deeds. The latest unemployment figures suggest that Mr. Hollande might have to write that resignation speech sooner rather than later. Joblessness in France has risen to a record 9.9 percent, climbing close to double last year’s figure.