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French Unions Announce March 28 as National Strike Day

just saw this breaking news on a union publication www.thelocal.fr

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A little FYI: the Local is an English-language publication in France, not a union publication. This one happens to be filled with strike stories but also a British Easter egg story. If I try to read a story, I'm usually blocked.

I've never subscribed and have never seen a paper copy.

Perhaps people scheduled to visit could get short-term subscriptions to stay informed? There's some grousing about it on the ex-pat forums but people read it.

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Thank you, Bets, for that information. It is news to me.
The Local has a lot of information that gives more background on the strikes than I’ve found in mainstream media reports. I followed it regularly during the 2018 train strikes in France to protest the repeal of the Cheminot’s lifetime job guarantees and early retirement along with other reforms of SNCF. We had a TGV ticket from Gare de l’Est to Strasbourg and lucked out when it ran as scheduled.
I recall the 2018 train strikes finally ran their course and ended without having much impact on the government’s position. It looks like the current strikes may end similarly. I believe the government bypassed a vote in the National Assembly to pass the bill back in 2018 just as they did this week.

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Macron is meeting with union leaders on Monday. The attacks by blackblocs on Thursday pushed events beyond union control. I think more sides are ready to find common ground now.

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Are the Blackblocs the ones causing the violence?
We had a similar situation in the US during the Black Lives Matter marches when disguised criminals infiltrated the marches to damage property and loot stores.

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Exactly. One said in an interview, with a hidden face, during last night's FR2 news broadcast that they want to tear everything down. Not necessarily criminals, though.