As machines replace workers, production relocates, factories close their doors and Asian competition gets fiercer, the days of the French industrial worker are numbered, say the experts. The only new jobs French industry generates are in social redevelopment programmes. But people won't believe good news when it's staring them in the face. Thanks to strong exports, French industry has actually grown. Sure, some sectors have shrunk - but others are doing very nicely. And businesses that have shed workers have hired more researchers, specialists and marketing men while French firms that relocate are replaced by foreign companies doing the same. Moreover, numbers can be misleading: security guards and cleaners, once permanent staff, are now outsourced, but still work for the same businesses. It's still too soon to stuff and mount the last French factory foreman.
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