The french government is so in debted due to its health care and business laws that there's no real security in any of their programs lasting. There was a huge show on it not to long ago.
Its a wonderful system for the people, but for their economy and budget its a cancer.
Asking the government to fix and control the economy is socialism. you cannot be a free person earning a fair wage if the government says you cant be laid off or fired. Its like oil and water, those two things do not mix.
The problem is the business practice as a whole. Out sourcing, inflation and poor investment and lending practices are the issue, not laying off workers. You cant expect the economy to survive if business who cannot afford to buy their supplies, and cannot sell what little they produce, to keep paying workers they cant afford. Companies would go out of business leaving even more out of work. It would be crippling- even more than the lay offs.
What it all boils down to is that we'll all go through some shitty times, but on the other side things will be solid and good again. this is NOT the first time our economy and industry has been on the brink of oblivion, we're quite skilled as a government and a nation to pull ourselves back out of it.
Using the government to create jobs, like Barrak (who i dont necessarily like) is planning, to fix our incredibly outdated and deteriorating infrastructure is how we've done it in the past, and it resulted in the boom of the 50's. We went thorugh somethign similar in the 70's, although it wasnt this bad, and the fix was simpler through the 80's and the computer boom of the 90's. Barak is also planning to allow for that sort of growth as well with encouraging science and techonology.
We'll all get through this, just be optimistic.