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

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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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mm17101978's picture

If you, dear ZH readers, wish to read a simple example of how messy the EU is....well here it is, courtesy of energy prices:

while most North Americans pay 11 US cents for a kilowatt of power, Italians pay anywhere from 15 to 30 cents (in Euros!) depending on how many kilowatt of power they ask for (depending on the size of the house).

Not to mention that a cubic meter of gas costs about one euro to lamost every type of residential contract in Italy.

So what if Gazprom shuts off the spigot????

Best regards.

Marco's picture

If Gazprom shuts off the spigot? Chaos and suffering. Same as if Saudi Arabia does it for almost all of us ...

dadichris's picture

"allowing banks to collapse" - i really like the sound of that

Joebloinvestor's picture

So the French are having "buyers remorse". 


They fucking deserve it.


The solution for a failing socialist state is not to elect a bigger socialist.


lakecity55's picture


French President Frank Smith today outlawed wood-burning, as there are no trees left in France.

It is also the anniversary of the death of M Hollande, tossed into a bonfire by angry Frenchman this date 2 years ago.

johnjkiii's picture

Liberté, égalité, fraternité or as the on. W.S. Churchill put it:

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

AnAnonymous's picture

As 'americans' have put the world on the path of depletion of resources, well, sharing misery has been somehow part of the plan from the beginning.

'Americans' has no other solutions but 'american' solutions.

And Indians are a scarce commodity these days, very scarce.

Ar-Pharazôn's picture

americans? this system started well before americans even existed

Joe A's picture

Just when meteorologists are expecting one of the coldest winters, ever.

Liberte, egalite, and lots of sitting with your fraternite under one blanket.

AnAnonymous's picture

The analysis on education is totally off.

In 'american' nations, the 'american' middle class is the king class.

Voting is a middle class thing.

Rulers rule with the consent of the governed, that is the middle class.

The current crisis is revealing that the world is running out of enough resources to sustain the 'american' middle class in their standard of life.

That is the situation.

As 'american' politicians are servants to the middle class, they seek to get the consent of the middle class through their political decisions.

In 'american' countries, the education sectors are middle class institutions.

So by this decision, the politicians seek the consent of the middle class in several ways:

-first, it reduces the workload of the teachers, who are middle class.

Second, it will favour the entrenched middle class as those ones will give themselves a competitive edge by hiring tutors and give their kids an increased workload and more specific tuition.
In most cases, they will hire professionals who will happen to be the teachers (middle class) whose workload has been reduced (no longer homework to read or correct etc)

As resources grow scarce, the middle class will want to get the future secure. And this goes through decreasing the efficiency of others to compete for middle class jobs.

Training a lot of people, in 'american' economics, go smoothly in an expansive environment. It helps speeding up consumption.

But as the environment is contracting, training many people will only create resentment. The 'american' middle class will organize through communauty spirit (communaulism) to hire their own first, leaving the proficient from lower class on the buns, full of resentment.

With this astute political decision, the risks that a lower class kid manages to acquire proficient training is decreased, leaving more room for the 'american' middle class to prevail.

It is once again of what 'americans' call a government of the people, by the people, for the people, the people being the 'american' middle class.

AnAnonymous's picture

Dont ask, act.

'Americanism' is as 'american' does.

Marco's picture

He sees everything from an American centric point of view, which distorts his reasoning quite a bit ... he thinks everything is manipulated to sustain the US trade deficit to benefit Americans.

TPTB have no care for national boundaries whatsoever of course, any benefit not to the global elite is merely happenstance really.

AnAnonymous's picture

Again with this scam?

'Americans' are proponents of 'americanism'

'Americanism' is not a nationality but what was started on 1776, July, 4th and that is now dominating the world.

The US of A is the mecca of 'americanism' but there are many other 'american' nations around the world.

Cathartes Aura's picture



He sees everything from an American centric point of view, which distorts his reasoning quite a bit ... he thinks everything is manipulated to sustain the US trade deficit to benefit Americans.

hilarious!  as if the global economy hasn't been feeding the amrkn consumer post WW2, based on manufacturing & a "military" that works on behalf of corporations, ensuring their slave labours & fascist governments globally, the takers continue to take.

amrka has been propped up by the backs of peoples the world over, but this is obviously not sustain-able.

Joe A's picture

" As 'american' politicians are servants to the middle class". Wrong, American politicians are the servants of Wallstreet and the bankers' class. Currently, the American middle class is being destroyed and more and more people are lower class and depend on goverment handouts.

Cathartes Aura's picture

applying "currently" to your statement may work "currently" but for decades the politicians have appealed to the aspiring class, aka "middle" because it won't let it'self be known as "lower" - this is all being swept under aspiring class carpets as the bills continue to pile up behind the front door mail slots. . .

politicians pay lip service to the voters, and mouth service to the bankers.  just a question of depth really.

lakecity55's picture

Now we know how France lost Canada.

toomanyfakeconservatives's picture

Perhaps Canada will lose Quebec, but your point is taken.

crawl's picture

So the French livestock farmers can soon make a market for turds as dried patties for cooking and heating, once the trees are gone.