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2006-04-04 02:25:25

By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - French transport workers and teachers staged a one-day strike on Tuesday and thousands of students were set to take to the streets, hoping to sound the death knell for a disputed youth hire-and-fire law. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who has championed the First Job Contract (CPE), saw poll ratings for his handling of the economy slide to the lowest level since he took office nearly a year ago, in a survey released on Tuesday. Opponents of the...

2006-04-03 18:36:37

By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - France faced a new wave of nationwide strikes and protests on Tuesday which trade unions and student groups hope could sound the death knell for a disputed youth hire-and-fire law. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who has championed the First Job Contract (CPE), saw poll ratings for his handling of the economy slide to the lowest level since he took office nearly a year ago, in a survey released on Tuesday. Opponents of the regulations want at...

2006-04-03 14:13:35

By Jon Boyle and Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - President Jacques Chirac's ruling conservatives courted unions and students on Monday with hints of fresh concessions in a disputed youth job law, on the eve of new national strikes and protests. Officials from the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) said they wanted speedy talks "without taboos" with opponents of the new CPE work contract for the young, widely interpreted as a signal the party is ready to make major changes to the law....

2006-04-03 10:18:47

By Jon Boyle and Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - President Jacques Chirac's ruling conservatives courted unions and students on Monday with hints of fresh concessions over a disputed youth job contract on the eve of new national strikes and protests. Officials from the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) said they wanted speedy talks with opponents of the First Job Contract (CPE), widely interpreted as a coded signal the party is ready to make major changes to the law. "We want an...

2006-04-03 06:55:30

By Jon Boyle and Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - President Jacques Chirac's conservatives courted unions and students on Monday with hints of major concessions over a disputed youth job contract on the eve of a new national strike called to demand its withdrawal. Officials from the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) said they wanted speedy talks "without taboos" with opponents of the First Job Contract (CPE), widely interpreted as a coded signal that the party is ready to make...

2006-04-02 16:09:46

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - Senior figures in France's conservative party put out compromise feelers to students and unions over a controversial youth jobs law on Sunday, pushing to the sidelines the prime minister who introduced the measure. Leaders of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) appointed emissaries to talk to union and student leaders who have called a new national one-day stoppage and street protests on Tuesday to demand withdrawal of the First Job Contract...

2006-04-01 09:25:34

By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - French left-wing parties rejected President Jacques Chirac's call for dialogue on Saturday, reaffirming their plans to march next week against a youth job law they insist the government should withdraw. Opposition groups, reacting to Chirac's Friday speech saying he would sign the law but modify it, said they would join unions and students to stage more big protests that have gripped France and put Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin under...

2006-04-01 03:16:58

By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - France's conservative government and left-wing opposition held emergency strategy sessions on Saturday after President Jacques Chirac both backed a disputed youth job law and called for rapid amendments to it. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin called in his main rival, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, and the pro-Chirac speakers of both houses of parliament to plot how to rush the amendments through the National Assembly as soon as possible....

2006-03-31 15:13:55

By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac announced on Friday he would sign a controversial youth job law despite weeks of protests, but promised it would be amended right away to weaken two of its most disputed reforms. Trade union and student leaders promptly rejected his proposals as insufficient and vowed to press on with their protests, including a nationwide action day next Tuesday. Even before he spoke, students gathered in Paris and other main cities...

2006-03-31 13:12:08

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac said on Friday he would sign a controversial youth job law despite weeks of protest against it, but promised amendments that would weaken two of its most disputed reforms. "It is time to defuse the situation," Chirac said in a televised speech. Chirac said the amendments would shorten to one year the period in which youths could be fired and require employers to give a reason for dismissing them.


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cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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