Little Green Footballs

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Affirmative inaction

The European affairs experts over at LGF will be very pleased to hear about this:

A report drawn up for the French government has rejected calls for "positive discrimination" to help minorities find jobs, dealing a blow to Interior Minister and presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy.

Sarkozy has challenged President Jacques Chirac by calling for affirmative action to help tackle high unemployment among minorities, seen as one of the causes of three weeks of rioting in poor suburbs that abated last week.

Or will they?
But the report -- prepared by the High Council on integration, a panel of academics and cultural figures -- backed Chirac's view that positive discrimination or setting quotas for hiring minorities has no place in a state built on the belief that everyone should have equal opportunities.

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The study into integration policies over the last three years was delivered to Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who also opposes affirmative action and is widely seen as Sarkozy's main rival to lead the center-right into the 2007 presidential election.

Well, that ought to make a few "anti-idiotarian" heads explode.

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