I’m French and just love my job. So, I don’t really recognize myself in the description. This said, I’m obviously not a statistically significant sample on my own. But to refine your phrasing, I would mix “exploitation” with ”punishment” (which may fit Catholics however).
However, despite my deep interest in Universal Basic Income and my desire to see it tested, UBI remains almost invisible in the political discussions. As far as I can see, only two political persons mention it (discretely) in their program: Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (right wing) and Benoît Hamon (left wing) and neither of these 2 is any way close to being in a position of power.
Instead of targeting inequality, trying to improve wealth sharing and catalysing entrepreneurs energies at the same time, the right wing is pushing wealth concentration (trying to increase universal flat taxes as VAT and lowering targeted taxes like the ISF — for large capital /assets / estate).
So, yes, we are 100% wrong, like any other country around I’m afraid.