A Different Kind of Pork (in France)

There is a big government crisis in France following the arson of several trucks and blocking of traffic on several main national arteries for several days. The problem is that the French don’t eat enough pork. Pig farmers are angry at the government, of course. (You read this right.)

It’s worth learning French just to read abut this, our future under Bernie Sanders: “Crise du porc : la cotation reprendra mardi

About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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5 Responses to A Different Kind of Pork (in France)

  1. TIge d'airain says:

    As a matter of fact we, the French people, do not eat enough pork, we are too much busy eating the mad cow meat generously provided by our socialist government. I suggest that Bernard Sanders join his French socialist friends to help them solving this pork issue.

  2. Tige d’Airain: Please, tell us more about the role of government in pork prices. Americans have never heard of anything like it.

  3. TIge d'airain says:

    Tige d’airain is a retired French engineer. (JD)

    More than its predecessors our present government is inspired by the so called « colbertism » economical doctrin. Jean- Baptiste Colbert was the prime minister as well as the Finance minister of king Louis XIV. The “colbertism” is based on the idea that the State is in charge of ruling the economy.

    Although about 350 years have elapsed since this doctrine was in use it appears that it has more or less soaked the action of all the french governments since then. As an example the ministry currently in charge of agriculture tries to oblige the companies who turn the basic pork meat into final goods to buy these basic products at a fixed price which doesn’t comply with the present market. The pork crisis is governed by 2 factors:

      1. the current market price for the pork standard meat is lower than the cost price for the French farmers,
      2. the transformation companies refuse to pay the farmers a price determined by an other method than the supply and demand.

    Obviously, since we are living in an open worldwide economy, the government doesn’t succeed to dictate its policy and is unable to resolve the situation.

    In reality the origin of the problem is the unbearable burden of the French public expense with the consequence that the cost prices for many goods and services have become uncompetitive. As an example the cost price for the pork farmers include such an high level of tax paid to the government that they simply cannot pay themselves at the end of the month.

    The lack of competitiveness of the French products is in fact the major problem of the country with as a first consequence the highest unemployment rate in our history.

    We have no evidence that the government has understood that and has undertaken the necessary steps to reduce the public expense.

    In this moment the country would have needed to have a President but we only had François Hollande! God bless him.

  4. Well done. Thank you very much.

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