Why did the French national football team revolt in the way they did during the WC2010 in South Africa?

Pretty much everyone following the WC2010 knows what happened: Anelka was sent home after he verbally abused coach Raymond Domenech and then refused to apologize. Consequently, the whole team went on a training strike, much resembling common life and society in France.

Why do the French strike so much, including their national football team? From a cultural perspective this can be explained as follows: French culture, according to research from Professor Geert Hofstede, has a relatively high score on one of the cultural dimensions Power Distance.

Compared to countries like the UK and the Netherlands, there is a significant difference (UK & NL score much lower). A result of this is that change occurs in higher-scoring France through revolution, rather than evolution (the case in UK & NL).

Modern-day revolution can be called a “Strike“. When the Boss/Management/Power holder, suggests or announces a significant change in its organization’s operations, people have a tendency to group together to show a force of power by going on strike BEFORE any negotiations take place. In countries like the UK and the Netherlands, after a significant change announcement has been made, people tend to negotiate first (often bitterly) for a solution.

Only when such a solution fails, they might go on strike, and quite often reluctantly.

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