“The baby boomer generation is a predator,” François de Closets analysis

This rupture is recorded in numbers. France in the sixties of the last century was the country of exceptional growth, which perfectly balances its finances. It is a great industrial power and is practically at the head of Europe. France’s deficit accumulated in the 1970s and began to sink. The exact moment of this rupture is the first oil shock, when everyone wonders who will pay for the increase in the price of gasoline … However, at that time, President Georges Pompidou had only the word to grow in a depression. who negotiated…

This rupture is recorded in numbers. France in the sixties of the last century was the country of exceptional growth, which perfectly balances its finances. It is a great industrial power and is practically at the head of Europe. France’s deficit accumulated in the 1970s and began to sink. The exact moment of this rupture is the first oil shock, when everyone wonders who will pay for the increase in the price of gasoline … However, at that time, President Georges Pompidou had only the word to grow in a depression. It was he who negotiated in May 1968, also obsessed with the explosive character of the French. Hence his famous sentence: “Do not anger them! Hence the idea of ​​making companies pay by increasing their fees. Indeed wages continued to rise and the French did not see any crisis …

Is it a break with the Gaullist concept of the nation?

completely. De Gaulle put the French at the service of France. There, we put France at the service of the French. Nothing should be done to disturb them! Even if the institutions persist, we have turned into another republic. But we should not give the impression that the ’68 movement was itself the cause of this change. The truth is that in the sixties the French followed de Gaulle but did not want to serve France. They found relief and finally found that the “old man” bothered them. The reason they made him leave. I have worked a lot on this contemporary history through my books and have tended to question parties, unions, and corporations, while the main actor in all of this is the generations.

“The obvious danger of living in such happy times is not to prepare when the going gets tough.”

Boomers are the children of parents who have experienced war and deprivation. How do we blame them for this thirst for pleasure and consumption?

In fact, the post-war generation only knew consumption, and now wanted to enjoy life. I call it Gil “Mitrach”, i.e. Mitterrand Chirac. We wear it from the left, from the right, but the goal of generations is the same. It is the model of individual ownership and the end of the group’s supremacy over the individual. History is tragic and consists of wars, epidemics and famines. Suddenly, since 1968, there has been no such thing. We thought it would always be this way, without war, without crisis, and after all we totally deserved it… We settled into this carelessness. However, it was an arc that ended with the return of the pandemic and then the war. We can’t blame baby boomers for taking advantage of this enchanted period. But the obvious danger of living in such happy times is not ready when the going gets tough.

Has comfort made an entire generation selfish?

2500 years ago, man was free but at the service of the city. The idea of ​​civil freedom imposed itself. However, we now realize that growth and technical advances have caused this state of mind to disappear in favor of individual liberty: I am no longer a citizen, but a customer and consumer of an all-risk company called France. France owes me things, but I owe nothing to her!

Freedom is not to be defended, it must be built, even if it means making mistakes. What is unbearable for me is the commitment of thought. You have to think for yourself.

“Workers help seniors by contributing, and seniors help seniors. Companies must learn how to implement phased retirements.”

Do you think that this compatibility and this selfishness can be found in the organization of our pension system?

The way we put the problem of retirement absurd! We make retirement a social progress. This was true for the underground miner and still is for those with hard work. Our system means that retirement is passed on from generation to generation. However, the generation that receives today has a much better position than the one that pays. There are three times more poor among those under 30 years old than those over 70. I don’t think we can keep talking about retirees anymore. There are older adults between the ages of 60 and 80, who can still do an activity, and then seniors who have other needs. But we have neither the staff nor the money to take care of these, whose number is growing.

Where did your thoughts on the idea of ​​a prediction board for people in their fifties come from?

My suggestion on forecasting advice is concrete and inspired by what is happening in the Nordic countries. Throughout our childhood, we learn to be adults, but when do we learn to be old? When we examine the figures for healthy life expectancy, we are surprised to see that the French are ten years younger than the Swedes. First because our medicine is more curative than prevention, then because our way of life is less healthy. So you have to learn what aging is from the age of 50, and then regulate your aging, especially professionally.

This is the feeling of passing in front of the prediction board, from the perspective of a service that is not military, but social. With commitments based on retirement age: The sooner you stop, the more you help others. It would actually create a civilian reserve, somewhat similar to volunteer firefighters. If you sum up, assets help seniors by contributing, and seniors help seniors. And companies must learn how to set up phased retirements as tasks evolve. The debate about pensions is quite distorted today, because unions make retirement a social advance, when in reality the baby boomers have become a predatory generation that has organized everything to their advantage, at the expense of the young.

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