France ready for months of strikes

TGV train passing Esterel
Despite the strike, most people did manage to get to work and longer-distance travel was little affected

Government refuses to back down over reforms

There is an unwritten rule in France that if protests and strikes against government policy result in police figures of over one million people on the streets across the country, the government has to back down.

On the face of it, the first day of major strike action in 2018, on Thursday March 22, where police figures were 323,000 (as opposed to union claims of more than 500,000) should mean that the government does not have much to worry about.

Rail unions marched in Paris and in most large towns, at the same time as civil servants. On the fringes, ...

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