Unfortunately you can't lol at any of these without loling at our own system. You can lol at France's drastic reaches in domestic markets which has indeed hampered their ability to export. That is one of the huge drawbacks of their system. You can also laugh at Sarcozy's incompetence on economical and social issues.
The problem is mostly cultural for France. This is just a recent surface tension. The truth is that country has a lot of social problems it needs to fix. Ie overt racism against blacks and muslims still existing within it's citizenry.
Regardless of right or wrong justified or not, they recognize their benefits are being cut. We as Americans don't. Instead of a government dictating it, the system does. Basically after our most prosperous period (60's 70's) We had to get more fierce to match global competition. Thus, profit became the most wildly sought after indicator of a company on the stock market. This is where the cutthroat Gordon Gecko's began running companies. No longer did a CEO know his employees and know that Mrs. Johnson was having a kid and to cut health benefits would ruin her life. After we cut benefits, a few months go by and when the company is strapped for cash a downgrade in health benefits seems correct (this doesn't go for all, just most). Insurance companies offer more of a premium and less of coverage and ultimately grow right along side. All this growth contributes where? Well in a free market system it is supposed to be re invested and help the butcher help the people. Yet since that time we have seen a decline in the real wage, income disparity, and overall middle class America. Wages don't match the ever increasing inflation.
So who feels these effects? What it all boils down to is a disproportion of worldwide wealth. This wealth is being dragged out of the US in forms of capital mostly. Although I use capital loosely, because it is an extremely simplistic world for an extremely complicated system of expired labor. It is causing a drastic reduction in lifestyle that we replace with bubbles and debt. That's the reason we have an all time high personal debt.
So unless you are a high end bureaucrat, CEO, high end fortune 500 manager, or just plain lucky YOU are paying the most for the misallocated bailouts, uneducated investments, lack of benefits, etc