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March 20, 2009


DW World, Germany - More than a million people have taken to the streets of cities in France in a national strike to protest against the economic policies of President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Guardian, UK - Today's protest has the widest public support of any French strike in a decade, with three quarters of the population in favor. . .Last week angry factory workers took Sony France's chief executive hostage over redundancies.

Yesterday morning, students clashed with riot police in Paris after a demonstration over university reform. Universities across France have been barricaded and picketed for almost two months in a standoff over higher education reform. The satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine reported that Sarkozy wanted student protests calmed by May, fearing echoes of the student-led protests of May 1968. . .

Many across the left and right accuse Sarkozy of comforting the rich while workers suffer. When the French oil giant Total announced job cuts just after reporting record profits, more than 80% of the public voiced their disgust in a recent poll.


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