Strikes

French urban climber Alain Robert, well known as "Spiderman", raises his arms as he finished to climb the Total tower in the Paris business district of La Defense, Monday, Jan 13, 2020, in support of the transport strikes. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
January 13, 2020 - 7:03 am
LYON, France (AP) — In France, even lawyers go on strike. Magistrates draped their black robes on the staircase leading to Lyon's main courthouse Monday to protest the government's plans to end the special retirement system for lawyers and others who work in the legal sector. Others arranged...
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A striker lights a flare during a demonstration Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in Marseille, southern France. Rail workers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and others joined a nationwide day of protests and strikes Thursday to denounce French President Emmanuel Macron's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
January 09, 2020 - 1:51 pm
PARIS (AP) — French rail workers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and others joined a fourth day of nationwide protests and strikes Thursday to denounce President Emmanuel Macron's plans to overhaul the pension system. Street protests were staged in Paris and other French cities as the government and...
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A striker lights a flare during a demonstration Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in Marseille, southern France. Rail workers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and others joined a nationwide day of protests and strikes Thursday to denounce French President Emmanuel Macron's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
January 09, 2020 - 1:35 pm
PARIS (AP) — French rail workers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and others joined a fourth day of nationwide protests and strikes Thursday to denounce President Emmanuel Macron's plans to overhaul the pension system. Street protests were staged in Paris and other French cities as the government and...
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A striker lights a flare during a demonstration Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in Marseille, southern France. Rail workers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and others joined a nationwide day of protests and strikes Thursday to denounce French President Emmanuel Macron's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
January 09, 2020 - 11:49 am
PARIS (AP) — French rail workers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and others joined the fourth nationwide day of protests and strikes on Thursday to denounce President Emmanuel Macron's plans to overhaul the pension system. As the government and unions pushed on with crucial negotiations about the...
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Strikers march during a demonstration Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in Marseille, southern France. Rail workers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and others joined a nationwide day of protests and strikes Thursday to denounce French President Emmanuel Macron's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
January 09, 2020 - 9:31 am
PARIS (AP) — Rail workers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and others joined a nationwide day of protests and strikes Thursday to denounce French President Emmanuel Macron's plans to overhaul the pension system. As the government and unions pushed on with crucial negotiations about the changes, street...
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People queue as they wait for a bus in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. France's government and unions appear still far apart after talks over fiercely contested pensions reforms, and the government was hoping to soften union opposition after record-setting strikes that have hobbled the country's train network. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
January 09, 2020 - 5:33 am
PARIS (AP) — Rail workers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and others joined a nationwide day of protests and strikes Thursday to denounce French President Emmanuel Macron's plans to overhaul the pension system. As the government and unions pushed on with crucial negotiations about the changes, street...
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Workers on strike at the Fos-sur-Mer ESSO refinery gather at the refinery entrance in Marseille southern France, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, as refinery workers nationwide have pledged that no product will leave their facilities during their four day strike. French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants to reach a "quick compromise" in talks this week as nationwide protests and strikes continue against the government's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
January 07, 2020 - 7:39 am
PARIS (AP) — France's government and unions appeared still far apart after talks resumed Tuesday over proposed pension reforms that have triggered record-setting strikes, hobbling the country's train network, making commuting miserable for Parisians and spreading to oil refineries. Prime Minister...
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Revellers photograph fireworks over the Arc de Triomphe as they celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees, in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
January 01, 2020 - 1:27 pm
PARIS (AP) — Emmanuel Macron embarked Wednesday on what is shaping up to be another rocky year for his presidency of France, facing a fresh barrage of anger from critics for using a new year's address to reaffirm his commitment to fiercely contested pension reforms. Far-left leader Jean-Luc...
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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, protesters march through smoke from flares at a demonstration during a mass strike in Marseille, southern France. Unions represent less than 10% of salaried workers but have a cozy, if paradoxical, relationship with officialdom that empowers them to block change. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole, File)
December 30, 2019 - 9:29 am
PARIS (AP) — As France's strikes entered their 26th day Monday, some in the country are questioning if the labor unions that are driving the crippling stoppages have outsized power. The strikes have closed French landmarks, hurt small businesses over the Christmas season and hobbled public...
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Travelers waiting to to board a train at Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Strikes, which began Dec. 5, have disrupted transport across France and beyond, hobbling Paris Metros and trains across the country and businesses. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
December 30, 2019 - 6:31 am
PARIS (AP) — The labor unions that are driving crippling strikes in France over planned changes to the retirement system have outsized power. Unions represent less than 10% of the country's salaried workers but receive funds from 100% of them. The French state, local governments and employers help...
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