There have been more demonstrations on the streets of France, but this time they were in favour of government reforms and against strikers. Thousands of protestors rallied in Paris under the banner of a pro-Sarkozy group called “Beloved Liberty”. It has been a week of hardship for the country’s commuters after transport workers walked out over President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plans to reduce early retirement.
The strike is now five days old. Talks are planned with six unions, which could ease the disruption, but not imminently. Many trains will not be running today. The pressure on Prime Minister Francois Fillon and his President will be increased still further tomorrow when civil servants, teachers, postal and telecom workers stage their own walkouts.
They also face the prospect of losing early retirement possibilities.