What you tell me is astonishing! As I understand it in the UK, where I lived for many years, the whole country is 'hamstrung' with an incessant stream of EU directives which simply can't be avoided and become UK law automatically. There aren't any 'options', where trade unions, et al, may contest it. This is the main reason why many Brits want to re-negociate the terms of their EU membership.
It seems that things are quite different here in France, where they can simply pick and choose which EU directives they wish to obey and/or stall for time in the law courts?
These kinds of protection practices do nobody any good and inhibit schools and institutions from choosing the best person for the job or the free mobility of the workforce between EU states. In other words, the French are being disingenuous about their aims to create a federal European state, where all nationals are treated equally.
My experience of education in both France and Germany is that one very seldom finds a native English-speaker teaching English in any school, anywhere - in stark contrast to the UK. Also, my UK teaching qualifications aren't worth the paper that they're written on here in France!
Therefore, my follow-up question is: does EU Law ultimately take precedence over French Law in principle, or not, or is the matter always to be decided by an arbitrary adjudication between the two parties in a French Law Court, depending on the merits of the arguments presented by both sides? If not, then I must tell David Cameron; it would save the UK so much trouble if it could simply circumvent any 'inconvenient' EU directives.
Do you know of any actual cases where the EU Ageism directive has been used to challenge French law in education? Any surely it oughtn't to be down to an individual teacher, for example, to challenge this conflicting dichotomy, at great trouble and expense, in order to establish the true legal position? The very essence of any law is that it ought to be straightforward for the common man to understand and apply.
Sorry to 'labour' the point but these are involved but vitally important issues for us all.