Eiffel Tower, schools, airports shut as thousands take to French streets in nationwide strike

Thursday, April 9, 2015
By Paul Martin

April 09, 2015

A nationwide strike in France has seen thousands of people march instead of going to their regular jobs on Thursday. The union-led protest affected public services, air traffic, radio broadcasts and Paris’ most-famous landmark.

The strike is a day after President Francois Hollande’s government said it expected one percent economic growth this year and lowered its forecast for 2016 and 2017.

The unions are protesting against budget cuts and a number of other grievances they have against the government or employers.

Air traffic controllers want better work and retirement conditions, and their protest started on Wednesday. Airlines had to cut almost half of the flights to and from France during the two-day strike. Hundreds of flights have been affected.

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