November 4th, 2011
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Editor's note: As world leaders gather in Cannes for the G-20 summit, CNN's Diana Magnay and Phil Han are traveling around Europe this week to talk to European youths about the economic crisis.

Marseille, France (CNN) – All week, Diana Magnay and I have been crisscrossing our way across parts of Europe to gauge how young people have been reacting to the eurozone crisis, but today, something quite unexpected happen.

We had driven some five and a half hours from Milan through torrential rain and high winds to finally make it to Marseille in the south of France for our next pit stop. All morning we were keeping on top of the latest coming out of Greece over rumors that the Prime Minister might call it quits, but nothing concrete had emerged.

Both us went ahead with the plan to hold our third social media town hall at the EuroMed Management campus with several young people who would share their frustrations, angst and anger.

But, by the time we got to the campus, Diana had received a call that she had only two hours to make it to Marseille airport to fly to Athens to help cover the political circus that was unravelling before our eyes.

Next thing I knew, my travel buddy had vanished. I was left alone to complete the journey.

Nonetheless, I headed downstairs to meet four French students: Kareem Mouaci, Michael Brunel, Tim Latillide and Gregoire Chaubin.

I started by asking them whether they wanted to stay in the euro or if it was time to leave and start using the franc.

The responses didn't shock me as Michael, Tim and Gregoire all said that it would be a good thing to stay in the eurozone and that any idea of leaving would only cause instability and concern.

However, out of no where, Kareem spoke up saying "what we have now is a loss of credibility on one side and a loss of power on the other side."

"What's the point of the Euro?!"

The four guys also told me that they were worried about the future and concerned about what would come next after.

I did however, love this statement by Kareem: "Tomorrow is not only a threat, it might be an opportunity."

On Friday, Phil will be in Barcelona on the final leg of his European road trip. If you would like to share your story with him, please tweet him @PhilHanCNN for details on where to meet.



soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Chickie

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    November 4, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  2. Chickie

    Frenchie frenchie bang bang

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    November 4, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  3. jpgay

    I find this report amazing in several respects: that CNN might pay one or more persons to trek across Europe to report such drivel, that 4 business school students might be considered a representative sampling of french youth, and that some young arab immigrant's comments that a threat could also be an opportunity might be served up as the pearl of wisdom distilled from this whole farce.

    November 4, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  4. Benoit

    France is in crisis, europe is in in crisis ans the whole world is in crisis but do NOT forget where it all thing srarted.
    Greed will kill us all.

    November 4, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  5. Tiko

    Failing to do reforms in Europe is result of all this. First question will be, how Greece end it in Eurozone? Answer is simple, with help of the US greedy banks. Second question will be, how so long EU commission didn't saw what is going on?Third question will be, what is purpose of the Euro and Eurozone? Forth question will be, is it project which is on the 3 levels (Euozone, Schengen treaty and European Union) is able to be successful at all? Fifth question will be huge corruption of the European top politicians? Sixth question will be about corruption and bureaucracy in European Union administration? When we answer on all those questions, than we will know what is going on, and where we failed.

    November 4, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  6. Alexander Eslinger

    I am in agreement with jpgay. Phil the article is complete rubbish. I want your job.

    November 4, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  7. PB

    Why so negative, people? This is a good interview and the sampling of four isn't bad. This is a random sampling for interviews, not a poll. News should relate as much as possible to regular people. I'd rather hear from these guys who have so much on the line in which way this crisis goes, rather than yet another economic "expert."

    Wish all the best to these guys.

    November 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  8. sandiego

    mika and greg you are so hot !!!
    <3

    November 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  9. Iter

    @PB Agreed.

    November 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  10. Zicke

    I just watched this because of the two SUPER-HOT French guys.

    November 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  11. Mavrik

    Does CNN actually pay Phil Han to write drivel such as this? This is silly.

    November 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  12. JHO

    inability to write english aside (you have no editors?), how did this ever make it onto the front page of cnn international (you have no editors... nor content?)? i want my 3 minutes back.

    November 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
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    November 5, 2011 at 1:18 am |
  14. Xavier S

    You call this journalism??? Wow.

    The democratic working of a society relies also on how well the media does its job of informing people.

    This is hardly any news, it's kids repeating the very opinions you spread...

    November 5, 2011 at 1:40 am |
  15. obamo

    Journeying in China I'd be interested in CNN paying me to go interview four students about the future of the Chinese economy. CNN readers would surely be enlightened!

    November 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm |

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