I'm sorry, but "employee protection" never means a company can't make redundancies. This is a very silly idea, even for you Bozo. What is does mean is that if you get fired and you believe that it was not simply because your position became redundant you can appeal to a court (in the UK they are called "industrial tribunals" and are not the usual legal courts). If this court finds that you were fired simply because (for example) your manager didn't like you, then they can make the company re-hire you or pay compensation (usually rehire you). In the case of being fired because you are black or a woman for example, they can and often do both. Sexual/racial discrimination is illegal (in the UK at least). Now.... if you are fired because of disiplinary matters, as long as the company has followed their procedures then 99% of the time they are fine and you can do nothing. So (for example) even for being late you can be fired... if it's against the company rules and they issue you with a verbal warning then a written warning then you're out! Employment laws are there to protect you from disreputable and dishonest employers, and they work! Now I know almost nothing about France, but I'll bet money it's very very similar to the UK in many of these matters. Just assuming you can't get fired because of employment laws is stupid, and you should know better.