A second state-of-the-art EPR nuclear reactor will be built in the north of France, French President Nicolas Sarkozy confirmed Thursday. The EPR reactor is built by the French company EDF, or Electricite de France.
Following one of the largest, pan-union strikes in recent French history on Thursday, President Nicolas Sarkozy promised to meet union leaders, but he expressed no intention of changing the content of his economic programme.
French workers staged a one-day strike and took to the streets on Thursday to protest the government's handling of the economic crisis, causing major disruptions to public transportation and education. Photo: T. Lieurade
Commuters across France face transportation disruptions as government and transport workers stage walkouts in a major test for French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his government’s handling of the economic crisis.
France is bracing itself for black Thursday when the country’s rail network, schools, government offices and airports go on strike. But how much can the government do when it’s facing recession amid a global economic crisis?