Thousands of demonstrators marched through central Paris on Wednesday (June 7) in support of a 24-hour nationwide strike called by the country's most powerful trade union, the communist-led Confederation Generale Du Travail (C.
Thousands of demonstrators marched through central Paris on Wednesday (June 7) in support of a 24-hour nationwide strike called by the country's most powerful trade union, the communist-led Confederation Generale Du Travail (C.G.T.).
Bus and rail services were hit, mail collection and deliveries disrupted and garbage clearance halted.
An estimated 100,000 demonstrators marched through the streets chanting slogans reflecting the strike's objectives -- a minimum monthly wage of 1,000 Frances (75 pounds sterling) and the lowering of the retirement age to 60.
The parade was predominantly peaceful.
Most french ports were paralysed as some 70 per cent of the country's dockers responded to the strike call.
Worst affected were rail travellers, who found only one train in four running. In Paris itself, however, Metro (underground railway) services war only reduced by 20 per cent.
Bus services dwindled to almost nothing, though, and travellers at Orly Airport were frustrated by long delays on international flights as air traffic controllers called an hour-long token stoppage.
SYNOPSIS: Parisians were forced to get to work by car and foot on Wednesday as the city's transport system was hit by a twenty-four hour strike.
Bus services were badly affected by the stoppage, and commuters found only one train in four wet. The Metro, Paris' underground railway, fared slightly better with only a twenty per cent cut in trains.
Mail collection and deliveries were seriously disrupted, and no garbage was collected. Most French ports were paralysed too as dickers responded to the strike call.
An estimated hundred-thousand demonstrators took part in a march through Paris in support of the strike, which was called by France's most powerful trade union, the Communist-led Confederation Generale Du Travail. The demand is for a minimum monthly wage of one thousand Francs and the retirement age dropped to 60.
Air travel was also hit as traffic controllers at Orly Airport called a one-hour stoppage in sympathy with the strikers.