The French prime minister, Dominique de Villepin is facing his first real crisis and it doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that he chose to support economic patriotism. It has to do with the fact that he chose to force down the throat not only of the French parliament, but also of the Youth new and radical measures that would reform the employment code by making it easier for companies to hire the Youth and to fire them. There is going to be a presidential election next year in France and Villepin is fighting with Nicolas Sarkozy to impose himself as the candidate of the right. The problem that Villepin is facing is that Sarkozy is seen as the candidate, which represents change, rupture, action, security, and authority. With this attempt to reform the employment, Villepin tried to show that he was the reformer with results. However, because he is a fervent admire of Napoleon, he forgot that France is a special country and that it is impossible to pass reform without at least giving the impression that there are negotiations going on and that the people who are going to be affected by the reforms, the youth in this case, will be listened to. Villepin did not listen and did not dialogue because he wanted to impose his authority and to show that he too could be tough like Sarkozy. I believe that he showed his inexperience and his lack of political skills for after all, he has never been elected and has spend most of his life in the halls of power. His approach backfired because the opposition sensed that he was weak and that his obsession with Sarkozy would force him to act like Napoleon in order to support his authority. The youth are in the streets and they have mobilized to defeat his reforms. Sarkozy smelling blood shortened his trip to the Antilles to come back to France to show that he is the only one in the government capable to maintain order. Villepin will not back down. He knows that if he does, he will never be president so what he is doing now is holding on. He is hoping that the demonstrators will overplayed their ends and use violence so that he will be able to say to the French that it is impossible to dialogue with them and that he is right to say no to them.