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Old 09-12-2013, 05:45 PM
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About that French strike.....

(Reuters) - French trade union strikes against pension reforms won only limited support on Tuesday, with most trains running in a sign President Francois Hollande's modest proposals were unlikely to stir broad opposition.

Hardline unions led by the CGT called for rallies and work stoppages in 180 locations across France where workers, civil servants and students will march to voice their anger over the reform and a wave of belt-tightening measures.

But much of France was functioning normally, with commuter trains running on schedule and only slight delays expected on inter-city links, suggesting there will be no repeat of the giant strikes that followed a 2010 pension reform.

Hardline FO union leader Jean-Claude Mailly, who will march in Paris later in the day, told France 2 TV that while workers were upset over some points of Socialist President Hollande's reform, he did not expect a "tidal wave" of opposition.


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