A printers' strike stopped production of nearly all French newspapers yesterday (26 June) for the fourth time in two months.
A printers' strike stopped production of nearly all French newspapers yesterday (26 June) for the fourth time in two months. Simultaneously, more than 20,000 people demonstrated in Paris alleged increases in police violence against workers, and against the erosion of workers' rights by the government and employers.
The Strike resulted from bitter conflict at Le Parisien Libere, France's best-selling newspaper, following the announcement of a planned economy drive which would put hundreds of workers out of a job. Newspaper publishers warned that such strikes endangered the entire newspaper industry.
As the presses fell silent, the noisy demonstration called by trade unions and left wing political parties, filled the streets of the capital.
It passed off without incident, except when a group of 100 Maoists tried to join in, shouting anti-fascist slogans. They were quickly expelled from the march by a cordon of union officials who had been called in to prevent the demonstration being disrupted by extremists.