Sunday, November 18, 2007

France's Strikers More Adamant Than I Thought

I did predict that the recent strikes in France would peter out, faced with the poll numbers showing that the majority of French people (60 percent) do not support the maintenance of the special privileges enjoyed by a minority of government workers.

Well, they haven't yet; they're still at it, although it's only been five days. I suppose the five major unions' very survival is at stake here, so the strength of the effort is understandable.

At the same time, I must point out that there is now, perhaps for the first time in history (or perhaps the second), a counter-movement, displaying public discontent with the strikers. This counter-demonstration was promoted by the free-market sector of France (yes, there is one), and most notably by Liberte-Cherie, Alternative Liberale, and other groups.

French anti-strikers
[Thanks to AFP via Liberte-Cherie.com]

See more about this story at this Le Figero article (in French).

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