Thousands of civil servants strike in France over Macron's planned reforms

24 March, 2018, 16:37 | Author: Jason Torres
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In order to express their displeasure with President Macron and his policies, 200,000 protesters took to the streets of French cities with nearly 50,000 marching within Paris. Having chosen this battlefield, he can't afford to lose without jeopardizing his entire reform agenda.

Teachers, train conductors and airline controllers walked off the job across France on Thursday, disrupting transport and public services in a test of public anger with President Emmanuel Macron's reform drive.

Turnout was much stronger amid railway staff, who grounded sixty percent of fast trains and 75 percent of inter-city trains, while 30 percent of flights to and from Paris airports were cancelled. The government has insisted that it will stay the course of reforms to cut state spending in the tightly controlled public sector labour markets and railroad system in order to stimulate the stagnant economy.

"They seem to consider that in France. the private sector can do everything and that we don't need public servants like me".

Similarly the tweet below shows the scenes of destruction in central Paris while describing the situation as "still very tense" near Bastille.

Some 150 protest marches are scheduled, including two rallies starting at around 1300 GMT in Paris. There were also clashes in the western city of Nantes.

The Paris Metro was running normally, but suburban trains were affected by the strike.

"The monitoring. did not reveal any apparent signs that could lead (us) to foresee he would act", Molins said.

Château Fort de la Hunaudaye
Château Fort de la Hunaudaye

Only 40 percent of high-speed TGV trains and around a third of commuter trains were operating, CNN's Jim Bitterman reported from Paris' Gare Saint-Lazare railway station.

In Brussels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared with Macron and said, "When it comes to terrorist threats, we stand by France". The actions caused widespread travel disruption nationwide. Their president Emmanuel Macron hasn't faced protests like this since he started previous year, but he's not backing down.

Another witness, an employee of the supermarket's butchery identified only by his first name Jacky, told Europe 1 radio he "heard people shouting and big 'boom'".

Passengers can re-book flights at no extra cost, Air France said.

"We are ready to take most active part in it", Vladimir Yermakov, head of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said at a briefing for foreign diplomats.

"Either the government listens or civil service workers will be extremely mobilized". Parents and relatives have been told not to come to pick them up.

The poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain was an "attack on European sovereignty", French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday (March 23) after EU leaders backed London's assessment that Moscow was to blame.

"People must understand, this is a last resort and this is about the future of France's public service for everyone".

Moscow blames United Kingdom as European Union mulls expelling Russian diplomats
However, there remains obvious divisions of Russian Federation within the European community. BBC reported on this referring to Skripal's school friend Volodymyr Tymoshkov.

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