Le Monde asked President Chirac to leave in a brilliant article which you can read here (if you read french of course).
The main point, which I totally agree with, concerns the distruction of inter-generational solidarity. France is presently funding its welfare system by imposing future debts on young people! Welfare state without economic growth is a suicide pact with the devil.
Chirac represents all in all a 'demode' view of politics. HE HAS TO LEAVE and allow France to change direction now.