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Strikes Continue Against Sarkozy’s Reforms

From the admittedly leftwing biased BBC NEWS:


Rail workers demonstrate in Nice.

France gripped by massive strike

It could end up as the biggest show of defiance at President Nicolas Sarkozy’s reform plans since his election in May.

The latest nationwide stoppage left many schools closed, hospitals providing a reduced service and newsagents without newspapers.

Sarkozy’s silence

The French capital’s two airports and Marseille airport in the south suffered delays and cancellations.

French energy workers, who began a third 24-hour strike on Monday night, have cut nearly 9% of capacity at nuclear plants, union officials said.

And rail and bus workers are on their seventh day of an indefinite stoppage against planned pension cuts.

Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said the dispute was costing France up to 400m euros (£290m) a day.

Half of the country’s high-speed TGV trains were operating on Tuesday, while in Paris only one metro train in three was in service and less than half of buses were expected to run…

BBC world affairs correspondent Nick Childs says the French president has been keeping a low profile, perhaps to test the public mood.

Mr Sarkozy may wish to avoid a counter-productive confrontation, but his public absence risks being construed as a sign of weakness, our correspondent says.

Opinion polls suggest voters back the French leader’s plans to reform “special” pensions which allow transport and utility workers to retire early, but a majority sympathises with civil servant grievances…

Students are continuing to block access to campus buildings in half of the country’s 85 universities.

They have been protesting since the start of November over plans to let faculties pursue non-government funding

Ever notice how it is always the schools and hospitals that suffer the most in these stories?

Students are continuing to block access to campus buildings in half of the country’s 85 universities.

They have been protesting since the start of November over plans to let faculties pursue non-government funding.

Zut alors, they can’t allow that.

In case there was any doubt about what this article is about, the BBC included this damning graphic:

Of course the goal of the communists and socialists in France and their allies in the Western media is to “get Sarkozy.”

By the way, when did wearing masks during “protests” become de rigueur?

So much for having the courage of ones convictions.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 20th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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