I first encountered the difference between French and US employment policy during the dot com boom and I was working with a friend, Gilles Lerat, on an electronic coupon management solution he had developed. His company, a successful security consulting and reseller firm, was worried about the "employment police" who would stake out their parking lot and fine the company if they uncovered evidence that people were working late. Can you imagine? A bunch of 25 year old engineers being told to go home, they had done enough for one day? An example of laws written for post war Europe when "jobs" were different I guess.
In a freaky turn of events we discover that Jerome Kerviel is still employed by Societe Generale, the bank that he fraudulently plundered of $Billions. It turns out that two judges ruled this past weekend that he must stay away from the bank during an ongoing investigation. But, in order for Societe Generale to actually fire Jerome they must sit down with him and a representative in a scheduled meeting. Donc, en empasse! While they have apparently stopped his pay, M. Kerviel is still an employee.
Only in France. In the meantime some are trying to figure out who will play JK in the movie?