This drawing accompanies an article in today's issue of Le Monde (dated 3 July) relating how employers in the U.S. are lowering salaries to deal with the financial crisis. As the article points out, stricter job protection legislation in France makes this much more difficult to do (also very difficult is firing or laying off workers with permanent jobs without a very good reason.)
Of course, the current crisis has become an excellent excuse for those holding the purse strings to do what they have always wanted to do anyway. We all have to make sacrifices, just some of us more than others, it would appear.
Drawing by Sardon.