Fully agreed of course, French are the only responsible for what is happening to them.
The system was perfect in the 50', 60' and 70', everybody was doing OK the management and the users (no sheathing, no over employement in the administration, doctors where doing their job...and only their jobs...).
Services were very effective, cheap
and getting better every year, 95% of the population was well educated, train where always on time, and so on.
What went wrong ? Fantasy, dreamers issued from the 68 revolution thinking that we could afford not to face the reality and start to change the world. Money
was not important anymore, dreaming and dreaming...the society became litteraly childish.
Smart ass politician soon realize that demagogy was the key to gain vote from childish citizen, and make them dreaming of a new life, without working, effort and discipline, was the straight lane to power and presidency.
SInce beginning of 80', in France most of the gouvernement, in order to have a sufficent number of supporting voter, increase the number of civil servant that have of the advantages and privileges in France (30% of the active population!) and always vote for the leftist, the most demagogic of our politician.
And guess who are the protesters in France ? the civil servants ! (actually 8% of them which are in the union, sufficent to block and control the country).
Railways: public company (next strike against "austerity" in 1 week). Monopoly of their market until 2 years ago.
Air France: public company (2 to 4 strikes a year, paid 30 to 40 % than other european airlines, working 50% of the time...).
EDF: public company french generating board electricity, Monopoly up to few years ago.
: public company, monopoly for letters, not for small parcels since few years.
Subway: public company...
and unversity: public, on strike 4 to 5 times a year, the largest budget
of all administration, 50% of the kids
leave primary school
without being able to read, write and count correctly (at all!)...12 millions of student, 1 million of teachers always complaining that they have too much student par class !
The social aid is so generous that we have 4 millions people being paid doing nothing when, on the other side only 50% of the active people are paying income
Social aid is so holy in our country, and became such a lifestyle, that most of the youngs have the mentality not to fight but to beg for social assistance as soon as they leave their parents, young girls get pregnant on purpose to have a salary and an accomodation from the social aid (and decent ones believe me).
Demagogy, childness and lazyness that is what leads directly to the nation collapse, we are about to, like greek, spanish, italian and portugal
Above all of that, politician are smart enough to create plenty of dependance and budgets to finance the "social" aid, to encourage it in a way that they can take benefit of all these billions easily.
Except that the financial markets recently ring the bell for the end of the game
and would like now to have their money
and soon the others).
And what sort of money produce a country that spend 90% in debt reimbursement, social aid and close a factory or an industry everyday ?
So, I agree that both governement and citizens have their responsability, but one of the lesson we are learning
over here is that the "easiest" way is may be not the best way for democracy.
Assisting may not be helping.
The path to hell is mostly paved with good intention.