Originally Posted by RJman
In France, if you get fired, you get unemployment benefits in the value of EIGHTY PERCENT of your former salary for a set period of time (two years or so). That's supposed to tide you over while you look for new work. After that runs out, whatever social benefits you are entitled to are, in general, much smaller since they're not a percentage of what you were earning but a set amount. Ernest's unemployment ran out last year.