French government commissions video game to explain budget process

The French government plans to launch an Internet game in May called Cyberbudget, whose objective is to help teach the public about the difficulties of balancing the country's books, Budget Minister Jean-Francois Cope said.

The idea is to teach students in particular how difficult it is to put together a balanced budget. Recently, riots broke out in that country after the government there announced plans to impose a new law that would reduce the country's employment guarantees - including unemployment compensation - for citizens 26 years of age and younger. The need for tightening the country's own budget was cited as one reason; but perhaps with this game, some students may be provoked into staying home with their consoles, where they can burn virtual cars instead of real ones.

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