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Unions call for more protests on March 19

Latest update : 2009-02-11

French unions have agreed to hold another day of industrial action on March 19th to protest against French President Nicolas Sarkozy's response to the worsening economic crisis. A march on Jan 29th rallied over two million people.

REUTERS - France's eight union federations have called for a new day of action on March 19 to protest against President Nicolas Sarkozy's handling of the slowing economy, a union source said on Monday.

Up to 2.5 million protesters took to the streets of France last month in a first day of strikes and rallies to denounce the economic crisis and the government's refusal to do more to help workers cope with the slowdown.

Sarkozy has called for talks with the unions on Feb. 19 and moderate labour leaders have said further strikes and protests might be averted if they get concessions.
 

Date created : 2009-02-09