To shed a little more light (from a French view) on this, check out the post, by Super Frenchie.
Me? I think that any solution is going to require an overhaul of economic thinking, with risk as key component. I explain further in my comment to SF's post.
UPDATE: Here is a breaking story from the AFP.
LE MANS, France (AFP) - An unemployed teacher took 18 students, a teacher and another man hostage at gunpoint at a high school in western France.
Whether or not the unemployed status of this man plays into the motive or not, remains to be seen. But I wouldn't discount it. Some people do desperate things, when they have no purpose in life. And a job does fulfill one purpose in a multi-faceted life.
UPDATE II - All's well. Standoff ended with hostages unharmed.