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Strikes hit French schools and trains

Published 12/10/2011

Some trains and schools were disrupted by strikes as unions across France protested against government austerity measures yesterday.

President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative government says the cost-cutting measures are essential to reduce the country's debt and allow France to remain a pillar of the troubled eurozone. Workers say the cuts hit some sectors unfairly and that the rich should make more of a contribution.

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