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Garde-à-vous - 2012

Jugglers of the French performing arts company Collectif Petit Travers rehearsing their next show. In 2013, the French government will go over the rules of Intermittent du spectacle, a generous unemployment benefit system which helps culture workers to survive also during periods between projects. Today, more than 100 000 persons are protected by this system, and many of them fear it will be cut down. Nicholas Mathis, leader of Collectif Petit Travers, says:
– This system means a lot to us. Without it, we would not be able to work on long projects as we do now. We would be forced to rise the prices of our shows and adjust them to be more commercial. We would not have time to develop ourselves artistically, and my salary would be only half of what it is today.