Nationwide strike delays traffic, chokes public services, disrupts classes across France

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A nationwide strike Thursday by French public and private sector workers fearful about the global economic crisis shut down rail and subway lines, choked public services and left millions of schoolchildren without their teachers across the country.

In Paris, commuters braved freezing temperatures and biked, walked and even took boats to work. But a 2007 law ensuring minimal transport service meant that some subways, buses and suburban rail lines were operating — and they were stuffed full of passengers.

Railway workers led the walkout that the French already are calling "Black Thursday." Commuters, however, appeared resigned to the year's first big strike.

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Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsEconomyLabor/Labor Unions/Labor MarketPolitics in General* International News & CommentaryEuropeFrance

3 Comments
Posted January 31, 2009 at 9:55 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Ad Orientem wrote:

What exactly are they protesting, a bad economy?  Ils sont un paquet de crétins.

January 31, 3:07 pm | [comment link]
2. evan miller wrote:

the French unions are among the most radicalized on earth.  They , and the socialist policies of successive governments, have crippled France’s economy.

February 2, 1:12 pm | [comment link]
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