Unions fighting for rights must lead to change

When I moved to France, although I was drawn by the delights of French culture, food and wine, I was also propelled by then prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s actions; the swingeing cuts to public services, the poll tax, the destruction of the unions, the glorification of money as life’s be-all and end-all.

In my mind, the French had their priorities straighter than the Brits; they valued quality of life over bling.

I loved French political engagement, their willingness to strike, to oppose the government.

Having watched the decimation of the UK welfare state with hardly a whimper from the general public, I adored the French readiness to get out on the streets with a placard.

I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw people marching on ...

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