The French Great Socialist Revolution Will Be Homework-Free, And Very, Very Cold

Tyler Durden's picture

Whereas some may have welcomed the latest development in the Great French Socialist Revolution chronicles, primarily those 8-16 year olds who would directly benefit from president Francois Hollande's attempt to capture the vote of those still ineligible to actually vote, by promising to do away with homework (because it encourages "inequality" as homework apparently "favors the wealthy"), everyone else saw right through it for the sad attempt at populism it was. Luckily, the impact of this idiotic policy, if it were to actually pass, would not be visible for at least a decade at which point French society would be so dumb (not to mention poor) that few would actually care. However, another proposal being currently contemplated in France may have far more immediate terminal consequences to the life expectancies of those personally experiencing the reincarnation of wholesale of socialism. Because as Bloomberg notes, "Heating a French home could soon require an income tax consultation or even a visit to the doctor under legislation to force conservation in the nation’s $46 billion household energy market." Congratulations Europe: in your ongoing crusade of wealth redistribution (when all this could have been averted if you, and the US, had simply allowed the banks who control your society to collapse), you are about to make heating one's home a privilege for the despised Bourgeoisie, an act which must be monetarily punished, and socially ostracized.

More on this sad and pathetic at the same time development, coming to broke socialist countries near you:

A bill adopted by the lower house this month would set prices that homes pay based on wages, age and climate. Utilities Electricite de France SA and GDF Suez SA (GSZ) will use the data to reward consumers who cut power and natural gas usage and penalize those whom regulators decide are wasteful.


“It’s Orwellian,” opposition lawmaker Daniel Fasquelle said by telephone. “The law will create huge inequalities and infringe on people’s individual freedoms. It won’t work.”


Socialist President Francois Hollande is pushing boundaries of privacy and privilege in carrying out a campaign promise to reduce energy costs. France, which built the world’s biggest reliance on nuclear power as other nations buckled under public anxiety over atomic energy, is now seeking support to reward homes for “negawatts,” or not using a kilowatt of power.


The law would be unique to France and is symbolic to the Socialists, a government official who declined to be identified said yesterday. Households bought 35 billion euros ($46 billion) of energy in 2011, including power, gas and other heating fuels.

This is how the government plans on actually micromanaging the implementation of this proposal:

The government and regulator will set the reward and penalty incentives under which households using less than their allotted base volume of energy get rebates while those surpassing the limits pay higher rates. The difference could be as much as 60 euros a megawatt-hour, according to the draft.


This could translate into penalties of 600 euros a year for a home “leaking heat” compared to a well-insulated one, according to opposition lawmaker Antoine Herth. Environmental Minister Delphine Batho told senators the government will provide its own simulations of the effects on household bills, which will be “reasonable” so as to act as an incentive.

Ironically, the communists are against it.

The proposed law was adopted by the National Assembly on Oct. 4 and is set for Senate debate later this month. Opposition from Communist members has pushed a Senate commission to postpone its examination until Oct. 23 so some revisions can be made. The draft contravenes the principle of equal access to energy across France and should be completely revised, Communist senators said in a statement late yesterday.

Of course, what the bill will ultimately achieve is to collapse revenue at the private (for now) corporations that actually provide electricity, leading to more unemployment, less corporate tax revenues, and ultimate even higher prices passed through in different ways. Oh, and a higher deficit for France, as a result of both declining tax revenue, and higher spending which will be needed to subsidize both the public and eventually private sector, once the energy companies start defaulting left and right.

EDF and GDF Suez would be the most exposed because of their dominant positions. EDF supplies power to 28 million household clients in France, while GDF Suez provides gas to 9.4 million customers, giving them respective market shares of 93 percent and 90 percent by volume, according to the regulator.


“It won’t be beneficial for the utilities, it will be neutral at best,” Emmanuel Retif, analyst at Raymond James Euro Equities in Paris, said by e-mail. “If it were to be beneficial, heating bills would have to rise and that’s not what the government is trying to do.”

Fear not, though, in its attempt to turn its once grand nuclear energy industry on its head, France and Hollande will simply borrow some other comparably brilliant "green energy" ideas from his ideological brethren, and centrally-plan the mandated roll out of a mini-solar power plant in every home.

Because it is only fair.

Alternatively, there is always this option for home heating:

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prains's picture

Hibatchi Economics


big flames, no meat, cold feet

Stackers's picture

It's time to dig out the sweaters and heavy socks

~Jimmy Carter

Manthong's picture

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s load bearing wooden structure elements.

Sheathing and fascia will do, though.

Pure Evil's picture

It's beginning to look a lot like the middle ages, (sung to the tune of Beginning to look a lot like Christmas).

And, just in the nick of time for the holidays.

CPL's picture

Peak sweet light crude.

Peak Diesel with horsepower

Peak Heating tank ran out and I'm on a waiting list for a week for delivery.


To my fellow Canucks with an oil tank, call now, you can use Diesel to keep the furnace running in a pinch and DO NOT FORGET TO BLEED THE LINE.  Or bad things happen.

Gully Foyle's picture


You should have invested in a multiburner. I know about wood and oil and I think some do coal/wood/oil.

Harbanger's picture

I thought you would show a romanian.

CPL's picture


What the central bank of Hungary burning it's money to keep schools warm to avoid killing their children?  Man the EU is a mess.

redpill's picture

They can just wait for economically despairing individuals to self-immolate and then use the flames for warmth.  A modest proposal if I've ever heard one.

Harlequin001's picture

or move to a warmer climate...

Pure Evil's picture

You would think that instead of eliminating homework, they would just turn what kids like to do into homework just to get the credit.

Video games, hanging at the mall or shopping center, watching TV, sleeping, popping pimples, having sex with their teachers, boy scout leaders, or catholic priests, etc....

BooMushroom's picture

They can eliminate *assigned* homework. But the rich will hire tutors to ensure their children actually learn the material anyway.

AnAnonymous's picture

The rich and the entrenched middle class.

This decision is one to seduce the 'american' middle class that does the voting.

CPL's picture

That's the furance, the hot water tank is it's own issue.  I have no shortage of heat otherwise.  Have a wood furance as well and a wood stove.  I won't worry about turning on the furance until first snow. 


The hot shower thing is annoying.  Boiled water sponge bath after being in the barn for a couple of hours makes a man grumpy and stinky.  Not a good combo.  I love hot water showers too much.  With six people in the house at anytime.  Dishes, etc.  I just put 10 gallons of diesel in the tank from one of the tractor tanks, bled the line and restarted the pumps...reminds me I have to change my oil and tranny fliud again.

Matt's picture

First, I don't see how lack of homework is going to cause children to become mutes.

If the author meant less intelligent, I do not think homework has a big impact on IQ levels.

If the author meant literacy, the plan is to extend the school week by ~4 hours for students to do their "homework" at school instead, which seems a bit more expensive but otherwise I don't see it having a huge imapct on the general populace.

As for this energy program thing, this basically amounts to an increased cost of about $0.10 per KwH, which seems pretty steep considering most North Americans only pay an average of $0.11 per KwH. A more reasonable and "equal" (socialist-friendly) solution would be tiered billing, such as:

$0.10 per KwH for the first 1000 KwH per month

$0.15 per KwH for 1000 to 2500 KwH in a month

$0.20 per KwH >2500 within a month

It sounds like these beaurocrats like making things convoluted and require as many more public workers as possible.

misnomer's picture

Been there, done that.  Fortunately where I live there is an ample supply of firewood, which only costs sweat, and a tank of gas in the chainsaw. 

Long Stihl!  (Husqvarna's are crap)

Chief_Illiniwek's picture

Is your disclosure referring to the clothing or the clientele?

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Fuck the French their tanks have five reverse gears and one forward gear that is disconnected.

NewAmericaNow's picture

Heating will now be accomplished through self immolation.

JuliaS's picture

The reason Napoleon's relatively small army was so successful at conquiring almost the entire Europe, is that it was the first one in the history of mankind to be fully literate. Since education for children of all social casts had just become mandatory in France, by the time conscripts were gathered, all of them could read and write, making them much more efficient at communicating intent, planning  attacks and following orders than any of the opposing armies (typically consisting of the poorest and dumbest members of society who couldn't afford to go to school).

The reason Napoleon got defeated by the harsh Russian winter is because it faced a non-human thread that it was indifferent to literacy.

But to the point.

Greece has become the "cradle to grave" of civilization. France seems to be following suit, by first revolutionizing education and then, centuries later, sending it after Napoleon.

Ar-Pharazôn's picture

french military technology in land warfare was the best at this time

JuliaS's picture

French became the leaders in industrialization and urbanization in the 17th-18th centuries. The invention of the printing press made it possible to mass-educate young people making them suitable for highly specialized mechanized city labor. It was a social revolution that yielded capable workers and skillful soldiers.

The main weapon was access to information, up to that point limited and segregated among the wealthy who typically had no intent of sending their children to war. Every French advantage, including land warfare skills and equipment came from pioneering of the printing press, but it didn't take long for the rest of the world to catch up. Decades later everyone had books, schools and factories and the French faded into obscurity (again, relatively speaking).

Ar-Pharazôn's picture

plus relatively small army? no army in europe had the numbers of the french army

SmallerGovNow2's picture

WOW, everything is red, equities, oil, gold, run to the dollar?  WTF...

CPL's picture

Is silver back under 8?

Is gold back under 700?




Call me then.  Take the boon of articifically cheaper pump prices in the meanwhile.

Jason T's picture

This is more and more like Atlst Shrugged.. man, go Galt and drop out of this nightmare.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

I just hope this Socialist nonsense ever comes here.  But, it has started...

Harbanger's picture

I think you meant "never".  That's what the NWO is all about, global socialism.

Pure Evil's picture

Ah, but don't ply the waters in the Gulf of Aden, or you could be mistaken for a Somali priate.

DaveyJones's picture

and what's the big deal about doing away with homework. The politicians haven't been doing theirs for years.

CPL's picture

Let it all break all by itself, to destroy a system you only have to remove your individual efforts.


Entropy does the job then

malikai's picture

This is very bullish for EDF in way of energy exports to neighboring countries. It's also good news for Belgians, as they should get a nice subsidy out of this.

EDIT: I seem to recall there is an HVDC between France and the UK as well. Which makes me think "Thanks Hollande for lowering my bill too".

bigdumbnugly's picture

is a french revolution sans guillotines really a revolution?

Harbanger's picture

If they have a revolution now the Socialist's would get the guillotine.

insanelysane's picture

They must have a guillotine or 2 in museums and things.  Just need to sharpen them up and oil the slides.

pods's picture

Wow, just wow.  

This would be perfectly legal in the US as well.  You would not be forced to allow entry, 4th amendment and all, but if you do not allow the inspectors into your home you will be forced to pay a tax.

This is what the world has come to.


falak pema's picture

Just as an historic reference : In 1981 Mitterrand installed full price controls in all sectors of the economy and nationalised a lot of industries. Since 1983 about turn, all price controls have been removed especialy as the Single MArket of Maastricht imposed this and given that French Corporates are owned 60% by foreigners. So market forces prevailed since 1990s.

We will certainly see some sectorial price controls being installed from a protectionist perspective and to create safety nets for lower incomes if the economy tanks further; "fraternité" oblige. But I don't see France going back to globalisation makes it impossible. And Statist knee jerks is its historic question on that.

But...Eu rules prevail and don't take your knee jerk fears for a sustainable trend. 

Having said that, Europe will never be the US model of Oligarchy run free for all...

BooMushroom's picture
But I don't see France going back to globalisation makes it impossible.

Just because it's impossible doesn't mean they won't try it.

falak pema's picture

aaah...but the there!

Cathartes Aura's picture

it's good to remember the historic patterns, and how each nation's current figurehead is instructed to experiment with the national corporate "resources" - the rules come and go, as and when the people revolt or roll over. . . each set of govt. installed will of course try to achieve the goals set by their overlords, but if a particular nation's peoples make too much noise, the test case(s) can just be moved to an others territory. . .

Mitterand & price controls, nationalised industries, at the same time that Maggie T. began the great UK fire sale of their nationalised utilities, opening the door for global corporate ownership of national necessities, etc. 

see how far we've come!

AGuy's picture

Wait, This isn't price controls, but the opposite: Consumption Controls. Price controls are enacted under the false premise to avoid declines in consumption (keeping costs artifically low). Consumption controls are enacted to limit consumers available to consume a product, by making it more expensive.

I suspect this is way to move France to have a trade surplus, but getting consumers to consume less imported products (in this case imported energy).

nmewn's picture

Hollande is like a kid dancing on the control panel inside nuclear power plant, completely confident in the fail safe features of it.

And when it blows...he'll blame the people who built it.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

It's all George Bush's fault! He just inherited it...

nmewn's picture was worse than we thought!!!...but we saved or created!!!

I didn't build that, Sarkozy did!!!

Gully Foyle's picture


I have a TCC training point that maybe you could ask your instructor about.

Have you ever seen the videos where students slap a barrel full of water? I was watching an Earle Montaigue Bagua video and he mentioned striking  the bag with a cupped palm strike not open hand. The cupped hand creates a small pocket of air which does more damage that flat palm.

That made me think that the water training was designed to acheive a similar purpose, a focused column (best word I can think of now) which does more damage.

Really when you strike the body you mainly deal with liquids.

So creating a palm sized area of more focused energy does much more damage.

It's similar to using a whip hand to put out a candle.

Which creates all those legends regrading distant strikes.

Just a thought.

DaveyJones's picture

I'm always confused when they disparage the Bush inheritance. I'd love to inherit the Bush family fortunes.