Metal workers from several French industries staged protest marches in four French cities on Thursday (21 March) to support wage demands.
GV TILT DOWN TO MVs Demonstrators gathering and handing out leaflets (3 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT TO MV Cartoon of leader
GV Demonstrators carrying banners and placards making up words Rateau and other slogans (4)
CU Sign Place Saint Augustin
TV Marchers up street with banners as people watch from apartments (2)
STV & SV PAN Onlookers and demonstrators (2 shots)
GTV TILT UP TO Demonstrators
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Background: Metal workers from several French industries staged protest marches in four French cities on Thursday (21 March) to support wage demands.
In Paris, hundreds of workers from the aircraft component manufacturers, Rateau, marched through the streets carrying placards and banners condemning the rise in the cost of living. They surrounded the union offices and called on M. Ambroise Roux, the head of the firm, to open discussions.
Protest demonstrators were also organised by metalworkers in Bordeaux, Saint-Nazaire and Mulhouse.
In Paris a twenty-four hour strike by electricity and gas workers in support of wage claims plunged Paris into darkness. Underground trains were affected, and at Air France almost all the staff joined in a twenty-four hour stoppage. Their protest was directed at the economy measures the company had taken to meet the energy crisis.