France in focus

French street power

France has long had a reputation as a strike-happy country. As the government faces a new wave of protests against its planned pension reform, we look back at four decades of union action. The French finance minister wants to balance the books by 2016, but policies targeting France's richest tax payers are rejected by the opposition as contradictory. And the place where lost property is found - from umbrellas to wedding dresses, the Paris depot is something of a treasure trove...