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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”.

Stage Crédit : inconnu

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.

stagiaire Crédits : Ray Clid

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.

Stagiaire-1 Crédits : inconnu

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

 

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Dog Days For #Frenchonomics, but #France has a #Plan for #Competitiveness

Dog Days for France and its economy, including for the once so successful French Exports. But, France has a “Plan” (“roadmap” in non marxist economic language) for competitiveness and all that needs (serious) fixing in the best and brightest of countries.

The best and brightest bought many German cars and Rolex watches, since François Mitterrand introduced “une certaine idée de la social-démocratie à la Berluti” and Jacques Delors’ daughter “une certaine idée de l’économie et du travail”. Some people also complain about the Euro, but this is a side-factor to the French loss of … mind(s)

Not that the situation be unsustainable yet, but as IMF, OCDE, S&P, ECB, WEF, Roubini, Angela Merkel and other stock exchange, markets, ecology and weather optimistic experts would say : “It’s grave, serious and worsening“, which is of course not a good reason to lose the sense of humor into the bargain.

Fortunately, France has a top secret French plan.

And everybody on earth wonders about “The New Soviet Frenchonomics Plan”.

Many competitors in the world are frightened by The Napoleonic French Plan.

Spain and Italy no longer waste the money they don’t have like the Greeks or French sleep at night (which is not really a problem as most people are unemployed there : either they are civil servants or just they are not employed at all, so they can sleep all day, and anyway everybody sleeps by all means every afternoon for “siesta” and gets special siesta bonus due to summer heat).

Even the Capitalists Chinese fear the Socialist French Plan …

Only the realistic Germans don’t care. But they never do when Fantasy France speaks, thinks, paints, draws, plays, sings or writes instead of working. Besides, they are busy because they don’t have 45 days of summer holiday like the French (which partly explains some things about the respective competitiveness of both neighboring but so different countries).

And everybody the Brits laugh (LMAO) about the “Grande Nation” French Plan. But they always do about France as a matter of principle (and because they know France all too well). Besides, they are so happy with their incredibly dry summer weather and their medals at the London Olympic Games, and so drunk celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee, the Commonwealth resilience and the fortune their banksters make cheating on the Libor, dealing with Iran, money laundering and surely many other Cititricks, that they laugh all the time about that good “Tapis Rouge” joke by David Cameron at the Los Cabos G20 Crisis Summit everything.

But the French never mind about facts in real life the Brits, the Germans, or whoever usually, or newly, beats them at football sports, exports, war, business, economics, Scrabble, gastronomy, arts, haute couture, car building, bérets basques, chicken, olympic games, #occupy (or whatever doesn’t work anymore in France as the French don’t work).

Stop talking, walk the talk !

Why the Hell should the French care about details ? They have real problems to solve (like the prix of the baguette which pourrait augmenter if the government ne fait rien, with la hausse des cours du blé, the réforme of the PAC et la sécheresse dans the other countries producteurs, et ça serait bad pour l’inflation, le foreign trade and the climat social) and important issues to think about.

Classical French way of walking the talk …

Anyway, they love to hire the best and most expensive international consultants and advertisers (not to mention lobbyists), as they know there could be conflicts of interest, political bias or technical mistakes if they just read the numerous reports of their “Cour des Comptes”

Classical French way of not walking the talk

Though they could just read the 2012 Terra Nova report on the issue of competitiveness by Louis Schweitzer and the late Olivier Ferrand : “Une politique globale de compétitivité pour la France“…

… or the reports of their Conseil d’Analyse Economique

… or the reports de l’observatoire de la compétitivité (Luxembourg)

… or the report of la commission Attali (2008) …

… or le rapport Ruef-Armand (1960) …

…or something about  Jacques Coeur (century XV) …

… or even less appropriate and reliable (because in English, among other reasons, and French don’t read English except at wartime, and they have not understood yet, that the world is at economic war, and they don’t trust what is not written by and in French anyway) WEF notes, OECD papers or EU laws or … whatever works.

All this may help, at least, it cannot (h)arm more (armoire ? armure ?) the French competitiveness.

All the more, since they have organized a “dialogue social”summit (the French call that kind of things a “Grenelle” or a “Banquet Républicain”, depending on the number of meals and quality of the food, foreign journalists say “Frogs Party with a Champagne Cocktail“) before their summer holiday, where they didn’t talk about competitiveness, of course, but realized it could be an issue.

And  since they have elected appointed new dream teams and administrative task forces to copy write reports (to tell the truth, they have a talent to write reports, and even schools, diplomas and elections for that) in economic war rooms and propose … yet another plan.

Karine Berger, a former (d)economist and co-writer, was parachuted and elected as socialist Députée somewhere in the French countryside in June 2012 and some journalists believe that she could have been appointed as a Secretary for Foreign Trade but missed the opportunity due to some gas leaks in Guyane. God only knows … (but to tell the truth, her book is less stupid than the title that was chosen for marketing)

God can make miracles bless France … (the good news is, the French believe in many Gods and they know for sure that : “Impossible n’est pas français”).

In socialism and dialogue social God (and Gallois) the French trust … So, they have planned, plan and will plan, again and again(st all ods) …

Eureka !

And they trust the French their Frenchonomics may work (Frenchonomics rule 2 : “sur un malentendu, ça pourrait marcher”, rule number 3 being :”Le prix s’oublie -especially when paid by taxpayers or future taxpayers-, la qualité reste -unless somebody cheated on the contract which tends to happen with so called public money-“).

Or not, as usually happens when the socialists (or whoever, in fact, with very few exceptions since Mr Louis XIV died) rule, but they don’t care that much as long as it lasts (Frenchonomics rule 1 : “Pourvu que ça dure …”).

Then, if “doesn’t work”, go to London ask Angela with your best romantic smile, to ask for more croissance money, as usual (Frenchonomics rule 4 : “The Germans can and must pay, if you don’t know why, they do !”).

Frenchonomics …

Soon, the French may have to call the IMF, or sell some more hotels and paintings, or write some more reports, or escape to London or waste less or … work more realize the world has changed more than France, whatever their professional football players politicians may say.

It’s 4G, Stupid !

Because France should change strategy for call centers, consultants, recruitment procedures, summer holiday habits, whatever doesn’t work and cannot last much longer.

France ought to think work  different.

France could read another a book for free (which is good news, in view of their budget situation).

France can twit different (Yes we can … Twit Higher, Faster, Farther … Smarter).

Carpe diem, especially in rather challenging 2012 😉 – w/ Lilicub “Voyage en Italie” http://rf2012.wordpress.co … ♫ http://blip.fm/~1cc3c8 

Never mind, it’s just 2012 and we have sun in Paris today … http://rf2012.wordpress.com/  pic.twitter.com/oBKt4WJ6  View photo

Vous avez regardé France-Canada @ JO, voté en mai ou pris vos vacances en juillet ? Ce n’est pas grave, carpe diem 😉 http://rf2012.wordpress.com/ 

Suntanning is Has-Been, Be (Read) Smarter on the #Beach now (#maintenant #France #Holiday #eBook #Paris #Plagehttp://wp.me/p27ovB-jE 

Bronzer (idiot), surtout à #Paris #Plage ou #SaintTropez, c’est Has-Been, maintenant en #France http://wp.me/pJjbe-51w 

S’indigner à chaque indicateur économique français déplorable, surtout le commerce extérieur, est Has-Been, maintenant http://wp.me/pJjbe-524 

#JO2012 Quelqu’un pourrait-il dire aux grands ados sous casques géants qu’ils sont vraiment très ridicules sur leurs mini vélos sauteurs ?

#JO2012 Que les choses soient claires, personne n’est intéressé par la natation synchro avec pince-nez hideux et cambouis sur les cheveux

#JO2012 Que les choses soient claires #France n’est intéressée que par médailles d’or françaises, inutile occuper écrans TV p. moins que ça

Think (and Read) out of the Old Boxes (Books) for a (real) #change http://wp.me/p23TvS-at 

Commerce extérieur, pas de déni de Mme #Bricq mais retour @ ni-ni : ni amélioration, ni lumière au bout du tunnel http://viadeo.com/s/bQ4tP 

Pas de bonne surprise en juin, exportations françaises régressent et 1er semestre s’achève avec un déficit cumulé de 35 milliards … http://lnkd.in/XSKQsg 

Déficit du commerce extérieur France 1er semestre en ligne avec le désastreux 2012 … : http://lnkd.in/vJgXch 

Commerce extérieur -35 milliards, récession, crise #Euro … Quelqu’un aurait une bonne nouvelle économique ?… http://fb.me/1VDKcYQdm 

S’indigner à chaque indicateur économique français déplorable est Has-Been, maintenant http://wp.me/pJjbe-524 

Ride of the Valkyries – Wagner – London Symphony Orchestra (Apocalypse Now) –  http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/ ♫ http://blip.fm/~1cbuf0 

Ce sont des adultes en compétition qui sautent sur des bosses avec des vélos de mômes ? @ #JO2012 ? Et maintenant ? http://www.youscribe.com/catalogue/livres/actualite-et-debat-de-societe/actualite-evenements/et-maintenant-5-1822367 …

Déficit commercial US au plus bas de 18 mois : Effets de la NEI (New Export Initiative) de #Obama ? #Compétitivité 2012 http://www.youscribe.com/catalogue/livres/ressources-professionnelles/competitivite-2012-1822197 …

Agaçant, déficit commercial #USA au plus bas sur 18 mois alors que Nicole #Bricq a annoncé hier des chiffres aussi mauvais que 2011 p. #France

US trade deficit narrows to 18-month low http://on.ft.com/QhSo3D  RT by RF

Agaçant cette succession d’échecs alors que la 1ère semaine JO de Londres #JO2012 était triomphale pour #France. C’est assez Napoléonien …

A 30 secondes de la fin, l’équipe de foot féminine française perd la médaille de bronze après avoir dominé tout le match http://lemde.fr/N2Tfs1  RT by RF

Renaud Favier : France & Facebook est sorti de presse! http://bit.ly/g8PTOA 

Renaud Favier, le Journal nouvelle édition http://bit.ly/dQneRc  ▸ Aujourd’hui à la UNE: @boursicotueur @dlempereur

“Good morning London” : Lemaitre a rendez-vous avec Bolt et Blakehttp://bit.ly/O5Jfjr  Retweeted by RF

Bon, pour la course à pieds à Londres, si les Jamaïcains tombent et les Yankees se trompent de sens, on a une vraie chance de médaille #200m

Lienemann (PS) votera contre le pacte budgétaire : “Il ne faut pas décevoir le peuple de gauche” http://bit.ly/PGtTMI  Retweeted by RF

@franceinfo: Lienemann (PS) votera contre pacte budgétaire : “ne pas décevoir le peuple de gauche” http://bit.ly/PGtTMI ” – bokomdelantik !

Bon, il est 9h, il fait beau et on ne parle pas de tricherie ou de déboires français aux #JO2012 : c’est quoi la mauvaise nouvelle du jour ?

Ça doit être dans un vieux SAS sur une guerre pas loin de #Syrie #Liban que j’ai lu cette sage (?) maxime locale “Tu tues pour rien si tu ne tues pas assez”

C’est vache de la part de #Sarkozy d’avoir réveillé de leur sieste les députés haut-parleurs de service et sorti #BHL et #Fabius de leur hamac

Rapport Gallois reporté à octobre, dialogue social à suivre, crise UE à résoudre, économie mondiale tremblante … http://fb.me/FvyJoNXl 

L’annonce du n-ième plan de soutien à l’export ne peut pas nuire à #compétitivité #France mais ne fait pas vaciller les possibles … http://lnkd.in/DPRDEh 

L’annonce d’un n-ième “Plan de soutien à #export” de #France ne fait pas trembler le monde, mais what else ? http://lnkd.in/DPRDEh 

Bronzer (idiot), c’est Has-Been, maintenant | Renaud Favier : Café du matin à Paris

Bricq sur déficit (abyssal bien sûr) commerce extérieur: “besoin d’entreprises beaucoup plus fortes”. La France Forte ? http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/think-and-read-out-of-the-old-boxes/ …

@AymericPontier Les éléments de langage de la Ministre sont sobrement efficaces, saison des vacances de son cabinet 😉 http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/think-and-read-out-of-the-old-boxes/ …

@MelB_00 Le coût du travail n’est-il pas la tarte à la crème du moment qui cache des forêts d’échecs collectifs ? http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/think-and-read-out-of-the-old-boxes/ …

#France toujours 6è aux #JO2012 mais pénurie de médailles hier. Pourvu que ça dure malgré #compétitivité en berne http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/ 

3 jours consécutifs de beau temps à #Paris, tous à #Paris-Plages, c’est l’été, mais il faut en profiter vite … .http://renaudfavier.com/2012/08/08/bronzer-idiot-cest-has-been-maintenant/ …

YouScribefr, le Journal nouvelle édition http://bit.ly/jWK4Qh  ▸ Aujourd’hui à la UNE: @Market_Etudiant @renaud_favier @numerikbook RT by RF

And I Try … To Forget #Basket #JO2012 … w/ Rolling Stones – Satisfaction Live 1965  ♫ http://blip.fm/~1cbkxj 

The Rolling Stones – “Satisfaction” (September 16, 1965) Live – http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/  ♫ http://blip.fm/~1cbkw9 

France lost to Spain #Basket #JO2012 #London ! – Let’s Listen to Rolling Stones – “Satisfaction” (live 1969) ♫ http://blip.fm/~1cbkvh 

Think (and Read) out of the Old Boxes (Books) or you’re out of whartever #Business http://wp.me/p23TvS-at  #competitiveness #change

RF, August 10th, 2012

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