Tuesday, October 19, 2010
General strike and protests hit France as unions angry with pension reform step up pressure on the government. Strikes and protests are taking place across France, as public workers and students mount pressure on the government to scrap its pension overhaul.
Tuesday’s action has disrupted plane, train and bus travel as well as school and post services. The country also faces potential fuel shortages from ongoing walkouts by oil refinery and port workers. Striking workers have clashed with police in cities across the country, while Nicolas Sarkozy, the president, pledged to crack down on "troublemakers" and guarantee public order. More...