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153. ment, whereas the in dust rial sector is expected to remain fairly stable. This progression is reflected in the decrease in the number of independen t workers and the very marked increase in the number of wage earners, who now account for over 80 per cent of the work force for both men and women, particularly in the tertiary sector. Socio-occupational categories The classification of the working population in relation to economic sec tors represents only one dimension of occupational structure.

2 Reformulez en vos propres mots le paragraphe 'Plus serieux .... affaibli' de maniere a faire ressortir son sens en termes simples. 3 Expliquez le paradoxe auquel l'auteur fait allusion et son anachronisme. 4 Quelle est la distinction entre nation, Etat et gouvernement? 5 Commentez l'emploi du subjonctif dans les phrases suivantes: Que la France ait 40 ou 80 millions d'habitants n'est plus chose majeure. Quel qu'il soit, le gouvernement sera assailli. Qu'on en juge. Si aleatoire que soit la prevision.

As in Great Britain, there has been a gradual movement away from a predominantly proletarian society, even though the category of manual workers in industry, according to the INSEE, still constitutes one third of the working population. Due to improvements in working eonditions, partieularly in the advaneed industries, more and more skilled manual workers are adopting the lifestyles, aspirations and attitudes of the rniddle classes. The new middle classes see their numbers expand rapidly as the economy is transformed to accommodate the growth of service sector activities.

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