View Full Version : French Labor Unions Claim 3 Million Protested Today

03-19-2009, 09:48 PM
French unions claim 3m on street
From the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7951949.stm)

French unions have claimed that up to three million people have taken part in street protests amid a national strike against France's economic policies.
Police gave an estimate of 1.2 million people at rallies nationwide.
Schools have been closed and public transport disrupted, with demonstrations held in about 200 towns.
Unions are demanding more is spent to protect workers in the recession. Unemployment has reached two million and is expected to rise further.
Union members marched towards the Place de la Nation in Paris behind a banner that read: "United against the crisis, defend employment, spending power and public services."
"They have a profound sense of social injustice," said Jean-Claude Mailly, head of the large Force Ouvriere union, "and that, I think, is something that neither the government nor the employers have understood."
Benoit Hamon, a spokesman for the French Socialist Party spokesman said France was experiencing similar problems to other countries, but that the situation was being made worse by President Nicolas Sarkozy.
"We have a president who aggravates the crisis by making the wrong economic and social choices, by his deafness regarding the general dissatisfaction," said Mr Hamom.
"He refuses to give answers regarding layoffs, regarding the cost of living, regarding the way to objectively avoid the rise in job losses in the public sector or in the public health system."
Marches were also being held in Marseille, Lyon, Grenoble and many other towns and cities.
Noel Kouici, demonstrating in Marseilles, said protesters had a "grudge" against the government.
"Of course we are angry against the government when you see the way they serve the banks and leave the people starving and losing their jobs," he said.
It is the second time in two months that major demonstrations have been held, following a similar display in January which drew about a million protesters.
The unions say the 26bn euro ($35bn; 24.5bn) stimulus package for France's struggling economy, unveiled by Mr Sarkozy in December, does not go far enough.
A further 2.4bn euros ($3.2bn; 2.3bn) of measures, including tax breaks and social benefits, presented by Mr Sarkozy after January's strike has failed to placate them.
They want him to increase the minimum wage and scrap his plans to cut public-sector jobs.
Recent polls show three-quarters of French people support the strikers.
Many commuters on Thursday said they backed the action, but hoped it would be short-lived.
"Fundamentally I agree, but too much is too much," one was quoted as saying. "There are strikes in the transport sector too often and we have to put up with them."
Mr Sarkozy said on Wednesday that he "understands the concerns of the French people" but has ruled out plans for further measures.
Unemployment is likely to shoot up to 10% in the next 12 months with a further 350,000 lay-offs expected by the end of this year.
Many people are angry that big companies like the oil giant Total is making staff redundant while simultaneously announcing record profits, the BBC's Emma Jane Kirby in Paris says.

Also, check out videos:
France24 (http://www.france24.com/en/20090319-widespread-public-support-nationwide-strike-france-sncf-transport-economic-crisis)
BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7951949.stm)

03-19-2009, 11:53 PM
The Froggies are getting restless. Wonder when they will start burning shit up.

03-20-2009, 12:21 AM
The Froggies are getting restless. Wonder when they will start burning shit up.

as long as it's only france they are burning - who the hell cares?

03-20-2009, 01:59 AM
as long as it's only france they are burning - who the hell cares?

Good point. After the chastising the UN Frog Rep. gave to our Rep., they can go fuck themselves. A bunch of ungratefull assholes.

03-20-2009, 11:20 AM
Good point. After the chastising the UN Frog Rep. gave to our Rep., they can go fuck themselves. A bunch of ungratefull assholes.

After what De Gaul said at the end of WWII to General Eisenhower - the french can go fuck themselves.

03-20-2009, 06:39 PM
I love the spirit even if I don't agree with the French or other , but the spirit of resistance to what is happening to this nation needs a rebirth. That is a problem that the conservatives have.

How can true conservatives that believe the principles this nation was founded on get the people out in the streets to protest.

Just like the recent tea party how can you get a million or even hundreds of thousands to get out in the streets and near riot?

Is it that there is to much fragmentation? To good to get out and fight for whats right, let someone else do it?

Marx knew the necessity of an organized front a combining of all in the socialist movements dispite their differences to achieve the main goal. It is a lesson that can be learned from him even if socialism is" nothing but drool" as Oliver Wendall Holmes said.

What will it take to combine the forces? The socialist and socialist leaning liberals can get the support. Obama wants people to get out and go door to door to support his budget? Unheard of, but the mindless followers will probably do it.

How do you wake that long time sleeping gene, that part of the citizens DNA ,the Revolutionary one?

That war is not over as long as its truths on individual rights, of life, liberty, and property, the gift from the creator is not secured . THERE is much work to be done. Where is the spirit? Where is the deafing roar for.... liberty?

03-21-2009, 02:44 AM
Whether it was 1.2 million or 3 million, I would not want to be in that crowd.