This chapter suggests that French employment law has recently entered an acute phase of rapid and probably quite fundamental change; it is felt that nothing less than un bouleversement (a complete overturning of the existing order) is in the course of occurring, though not by any means solely engendered by the Presidential Election of 2007. Those embarking upon the study of employment law quickly come to realize that it is a highly political or politicized legal subject whose boundaries and purposes are more hotly contested than with most legal subjects. In this, French employment law is no different from that of the United Kingdom or other European countries. What is special to the French system is the extent to which one can express those difficulties by locating the subject in relation to the distinction between public law and private law.
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