Strikes

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech as he visits a plant of British-Swedish pharmaceutical group Astrazeneca in Dunkirk, northern France, Monday, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting 180 international business leaders at the Palace of Versailles in a bid to promote France's economic attractiveness despite over six weeks of crippling strikes over his government's planned pension changes.(Denis Charlet/Pool Photo via AP)
January 21, 2020 - 9:09 am
PARIS (AP) — Opening another front in their battle against the French government, union militants said they cut power to thousands of Parisians on Tuesday, plunging homes into darkness and closing down train services to one of the capital's two main airports. The deliberate outage lasted around two...
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Pigeons fly by the Louvre pyramid as striking employees demonstrate outside the museum Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 in Paris. Paris' Louvre museum was closed Friday as dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to denounce the French government's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
January 20, 2020 - 11:04 am
PARIS (AP) — Paris commuters who have battled through six weeks of misery-inducing transport strikes found their smiles again Monday as some subway workers ended their walkouts against a contested overhaul of France's pension system. A weekend announcement by the UNSA union's subway wing of a...
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Michel Dietlin, center, stands with musicians of the orchestra outside the Palais Garnier opera house after performing Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 in Paris. As some strikers return to work, with notable improvements for train services that have been severely disrupted for weeks, more radical protesters are trying to keep the movement going. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
January 18, 2020 - 12:47 pm
PARIS (AP) — A French government minister warned that seditious groups bent on violence were hijacking the protest movement against pension reform that has gripped the country, after a fire Saturday damaged a renowned Paris restaurant patronized by President Emmanuel Macron. The Paris fire service...
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Striking employees hold a banner reading "Louvre on strike" outside the Louvre museum Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 in Paris. Paris' Louvre museum was closed Friday as dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to denounce the French government's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
January 17, 2020 - 12:21 pm
PARIS (AP) — Paris' Louvre museum was closed Friday as dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to denounce the French government's plans to overhaul the pension system. Also closed, therefore, was the Louvre's Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit marking the 500th anniversary of the Italian master’s death,...
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Protesters shout during a demonstration Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Paris. Protesters denounce French President Emmanuel Macron's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
January 16, 2020 - 3:33 pm
PARIS (AP) — Opponents of President Emmanuel Macron's proposed overhaul of France's pension system marched in Paris and other French cities Thursday on what is the 43rd day of strike action that has hobbled trains and public transport. At the call of trade unions, train and metro workers, teachers...
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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 - 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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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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