`It's Not Fair,' Says A Front Line Fonctionnaire

At his desk in a Paris post office, Bruno Rieumajou advises customers on postal savings plans as well as stocks and mutual funds, which La Poste sells. Rieumajou, 33, likes his job. Yet he'll eagerly join a national civil-servant strike on Oct. 10. A wage freeze is the issue, but Rieumajou has an even deeper fear: that state workers' special perks risk being scaled back to match the private sector's. "We cannot fight unless we use the customers as hostages," he declares

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