Striking printers have barricaded themselves in the printing plant of a leading Paris newspaper to prevent an expected police move to expel them.
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Background: Striking printers have barricaded themselves in the printing plant of a leading Paris newspaper to prevent an expected police move to expel them.
The union has threatened to call a 24-hour general strike, if the police act against the strikers.
A court ordered them to move out of the building of Parisien Libere, France's best selling newspaper, by noon on Wednesday (11 June). So far, however,the Interior Ministry has refrained from sending the police in to enforce the order.
The police union, linked with the Printers' Union through the communist-led CGT (Confederation Generale de Travail) said on Wednesday night that it hoped there would be no confrontation. It also expressed solidarity with the strikers. The union, however, represents a minority of Paris police.
The printers's conflict with the management has kept the financially-troubled newspaper, closed for a month. The printers are opposing a plan by its publisher to lay off hundreds of workers and cut out provincial editions.
Despite the intensified industrial action, publisher Emilien Amaury is determined to go ahead with his economy drive. He said he would never yield to the Printers' Union, which he called a "dangerous monopoly".