More two million people are expected to take to the streets across France today in protest over the government’s pension reform plans. Action on the public transport network began on Monday night and severe disruption is likely across the country.
Schools are also expected to be affected badly by the mass walkout – the third of its kind since the start of the year.
All the main trade unions are urging private and public sector staff to join the stoppage to press the government into withdrawing its plans to raise the retirement age. The government has suggested it might make some concessions. But after France’s failure to embrace economic reforms to slash its swollen deficit, Works Minister Eric Woerth is under intense pressure to proceed with the main elements of the overhaul.
A new poll suggest most people back the protest but worryingly for the unions, a majority also believe the strikes will have no impact.