The one who is thinking globally, or says he is, in this case is Chirac. The ones acting locally are the demonstrators:
Demonstrators opposed to a new jobs law clashed with police in downtown Paris on Tuesday, throwing stones and debris as they dodged tear gas canisters. Several people were seen being carried away by authorities.
A nationwide strike shut down the Eiffel Tower and snarled air and rail travel for the second time in a week Tuesday while students barricaded themselves in schools to protest a jobs measure that has riven the country and put the government in crisis mode.