Monthly Archives: February 2013

Frenchonomics, France and Competitiveness : the Trainee Syndrome

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Most companies, in most countries, use unexperienced workforce, basically the way a forest grows, adapts and stays strong from new seeds and small trees. Some businesses do so, because it’s cheaper, or because they have to, like when the rookie is a boss’s child, when the law says you must hire young and labour, or where male chauvinistic executives like when a lovely female youngster goes to the coffee machine and/or xerox room for them. But the French have Frenchonomics (and “Grandes Ecoles”, and the French, and lots of other specifics …). They do it (whatever it may be) their own, quite different, French way. And they love ‘Trainees”.

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First, one must remember, that most French students waste their school time twitting and/or studying useless things, because as high school and university are basically free, nobody cares about what is taught, or not, and what is learnt, or not, provided young people take and pass some exams sometimes. Therefore, their only chance to learn some things that have a chance to be useful at some later stage of their working life (if any, but this is another chapter) is by spending some time within professional organizations.

Ecole Crédit dessin : © Tom

Crédit dessin : © Tom

Second, one must recognize, the French are sometimes very clever. Knowing their schooling system is insane, they have created all kinds of legal obligations to hire young people at bargain prices, and tax loopholes (which is vital in France, but this is in another chapter) for companies using trainees for coffee, xerox, or whatever works nobody wants to do in the organization, be it a real company, a charity, or an administrative whatever they may have in France.

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Crédit dessin : © Ray Clid / Bakchich

Third, one must admit, the young French are clever enough to try and survive in a hostile environment. Most of those who can’t get a diploma from one of those French graduate schools whereby you can become a civil servant forever with special benefits for retirement and no obligation whatsoever to either really work, or somehow succeed in what you do, to get promoted (which is specific to France, some family businesses and a few surviving communist paradises), try to get summer jobs (in French : “stage”) or other kinds of semi-real work with really semi-wages.

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Last, but not least, as there are fewer and fewer real jobs in France, as companies are less and less profitable (unless they are either B to G, or less and less French, but this is another chapter), and as people between 30 and 80 stick to their seats as if they could die, lose their pension, or worse, no longer be entitled to free lunches with “café gourmand” and company cars with leather seats in case they leave their office to go to the coffee machine or try to change jobs, nobody moves, like in duels in cow-boy movies, and young people between 20 and 50 have no choice but be trainees unless they can get unemployment benefits or escape to another country.

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The result is, not surprisingly, that most French companies, and most other French more or less public bodies and administrations involved in the global, economic war, consist basically of trainees, and a few graduates, most of whom have never really worked either.

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Some French trainees make it to the top of some French business, just before standard retirement age, without ever having had a real working experience before (but not all, fortunately enough), but they do the job.

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Most don’t make it to the real top, not even the top (or the bottom, for that matter) of normal enterprises, but some manage to reach French standard retirement age without having really worked at all, but with all kinds of fringe and retirement benefits.

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Some trainees have a good, cool job, and they do it with a smile.

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Some try and do a very, very hard job, under heavy pressure, and smile as they can, their own, different way.

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But most long term trainees are just … long term trainees, which may at least partly explain why many French companies have experienced some difficulties (in French “sont à la traîne, voire à la ramasse”, compared to their German, Asian or American competitors to mention only a few, in France and the rest of the world.

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The good news, for investors in Paris, or elsewhere in France, is that they still can hire real, experienced, English speaking, high flyers, provided they are ready to pay the price (and fringes, and taxes, and housing, and fooding).

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Otherwise, French trainees between 20 and 80 can try and do the job(s), but most have little experience with foreign languages, are not used to hard … training, and have seldom practiced normal competition with money involved …

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Renaud Favier – February, 26th (Paris Time), 2013  – Café du matin à Paris

Small Café 2013

 

In spite of all, 2013 is worth it : http://bonneannee2013.wordpress.com/

Some additional e-reading may be needed about XXIst century (or so they believe) artists, politicians, world, Europe, Euro-nomics, Euro-Fatcats, Eurocrats, France, Paris, the options for future Competitiveness in France in spite of all reports, elections, airports, funerals and funerals of reports, snowfalls or protests …
… about French Economics, French Politics, French Wine, French Climate, French Changes and other sad issues that may be of interest, even if of little importance for the real XXIst century in the real(istic) world.
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Please click on hereafter pictures if you don’t wanna be a potatoe couch watching the weather forecasts on Fox TV and let others enjoy sun, success, beach, love, Champagne, French learning bashing whilst you seat back in your chair reading the Sun, the Guardian or even worse and more biased against civilisation, the Financial Times or the Economist.

            

Downloading some relevant pdf for printing is another option for readers with a taste for “real” paper books (or just no Kindle, but an iPhone, an iPad or whatever else works to e-read).

               
           
          
          
          
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Happy Valentine Day from #Paris

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Of course, not all you need is love music, not everybody loves somebody else’s songs, and even in “the most romantic city in the world”, there are other things to sing about, but some “Love-Songs” from Paris a day may help keep trouble away.

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Renaud Favier – February, 14th (Paris Time), 2013  – Café du matin à Paris

PS : Valentine (oldschool) sample from Paris

J'aime les filles - Dutronc* * *

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Macumba - JP Mader* * *

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Jeanne Mas - Toute Première fois* * *

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Marcia Baila (Live 2004 acoustique, not the "real" aule thing but real good for heart)

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Happy Chinese 2013 Year of the Snake

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There will be a lot of happiness and laughter, this Year of the Snake.

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Lots of beauty, poetry, and some mystery.

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Lots of good morning coffees.

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And lots of lovely evening goodies.

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There may be some fighting.

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There will be some sad, dead endings, as usual.

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But we shall eat good food.

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As well as some junk food.

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There will be some talking, useful or not.

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There will be some walking, like it or not.

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There will be lots of paperwork, because that’s the way it is, nowadays.

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And there might be love, which would make life complicated, but enjoyable.

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Some great love.

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Some less great love.

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Some strange love.

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Some explicit love.

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Whatever love works.

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Anyway, here we are, now, so let’s come and play, 2013 Snaky !

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And Happy Chinese New Year !

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Read more (in French) here : http://renaudfavier.com/2013/02/09/le-serpent-petit-dragon-sans-ailes-ou-vieux-freudien-mechant-bonne-annee-du-serpent/

Renaud Favier – February, 10th (China time), 2013  – Café du matin à Paris

What’s up, (French) Euroc(r)at ?

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Yes, François Hollande made a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, and French Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Marine le Pen applauded (or not). Yes we (French) can (talk to other French European representatives) ! Does real world listen ?

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More (in French, sorry) : http://renaudfavier.com/2013/02/06/leurope-leurope-leurope-et-leurope-et-les-europeens-dans-tout-ca/

Renaud Favier – February, 6th, 2013  – Café du matin à Paris

Ps : but not everybody (and the Brits are not “everybody”) can speak French (neither understand the French …) and not everybody believes in French mirages, French miracles, French visions, or French oracles …

 

#France (or rather #Hollande ?) in #Mali, Africa, now. So What, Camel ?

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As the French, especially socialist politicians, are well known for misbehaving wherever, with whomever, from snails to rabbits, via oysters and cleaning ladies, and although the French socialists (socialites ?) swear their law for gay mariage is no open door for other things the catholics don’t recommend, the camel that was given to François Hollande in Tombouctou seem to dislike the idea, that he (she ?) may have to move to Paris and live among the French socialites (socialists ?).

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If you can’t enjoy eating it (the French way, or talk, or socialist, or socialite), avoid ,or at least don’t swallow it (the French talk, or way, or socialite, or socialist) … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxeKfutSzO0

More about it (in French, but with pictures, movies and even music) : http://renaudfavier.com/2013/02/03/ensemble-tout-devient-possible-au-mali-maintenant-et-chameau-soit-qui-mali-pense/

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Renaud Favier – February, 3rd, 2013  – Café du matin à Paris

Ps : Byzeway, Beckham will not fight in French speaking Mali, Africa, but play in  mainland French speaking football desert Paris, Qatar France, now that he is 37 years old. Five months only, because otherwise, he might have to pay insane taxes in France. And with no salary, because one never knows with the insane French, they might invent a tax for foreign people living abroad but spending their money in Paris. And without spouse, because in insane France, “c’est le bordel”, even more than usually, nowadays.

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