It may require a long political analysis in order to deepen that revolt of French society.
It is much more an outstanding phenomenon of a modern western democracy: the refusal of French President Sarkozy to at least suspend his reformation, since there are so many millions of French citizens in the streets trying to reject it, proves it in an emphatic way.
If Charles de Gaulle, Francois Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, Giscard d'Estaing, clearly greater political statures than Sarkozy, were realizing that so many millions of french demonstrations were against their reform, would certainly fall with the will of citizens.
Their retreat would be fully justified under the principles of democracy. On the other hand, the attitude of Sarkozy is a threat against democracy and betrays a leader’s behaviour of an absolute monarch’s mentality. In democracies, the authority is yielded on behalf of the majority - not just confined by the right of people choosing their leader through elections.
When popular opposition expressed, as seen in to date France, as much right as a leader thinks he got, he must be attuned to the popular will, changing its attitude.