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French Unions Reunite in Call for Civil Servants’ Strike Tuesday

  • Hospitals, schools, flights affected while trains to run okay
  • Unions considering further actions to protest Macron policies
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Photographer: Francois Nascimbeni/AFP via Getty Images

France’s divided unions failed to prevent President Emmanuel Macron from pushing through an overhaul of the country’s labor law. Now, they’re hoping that by presenting a united front they can weigh on government plans to limit spending on civil servants.

The eight largest unions have called on France’s 5.4 million civil servants to stay off the job Tuesday and take part in 130 protest marches across the country. On Monday night, union leaders will meet in Paris to discuss whether to call for further actions to protest what they say are Macron policies that benefit the wealthy.