In France striking radio and television workers clashed with police during a demonstration in Paris on Wednesday (22 February).
GV EXTERIOR Strikers gather at Rue de Beaubourg in Paris.
MV Old couple look on as demonstrators begin their march through streets.
GV Marchers with banners walk down street.
TV Marchers through streets. (2 SHOTS)
GV Marchers with banners.
MV Marchers through streets with banners chanting. (2 SHOTS)
MV PULL BACK TO GV Marchers around Place de la Concorde.
MV Marchers with banners.
MV Banner and demonstrators running from police on the Champs Elysee.
MV Police moving demonstrators back on to pavement.
MV Demonstrators chanting from behind police cordon.
GV Demonstrators on Champs Elysee with Arc de Triomphe in background.
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Background: In France striking radio and television workers clashed with police during a demonstration in Paris on Wednesday (22 February).
SYNOPSIS: The march began uneventfully, with hundreds of workers gathering outside the well-known Georges Pompidou Cultural Centre in the Rue de Beaubourg. Onlookers watched as the marchers set off towards the Arc de Triomphe through the light afternoon drizzle. They moved along peacefully, waving banners and placards and chanting slogans.
The march was part of a national demonstration by television and radio production workers to highlight their strike, now in its third week. The workers say they are determined to stop the government implementing a phased redundancy of three hundred jobs.
Earlier, a demonstration was held outside the Bourse stock exchange, and following a meeting there, strikers voted to continue their action until the government backed down.
The march through Paris continued peacefully, until the protesters reached the Champs Elysees. Scuffles then broke out between the striking workers and the police who forced the demonstrators off the street and onto the pavement.
However, it proved to be a minor confrontation, and after the marchers regrouped, they continued to their destination, the Arc de triomphe.