via Hugo*'s photos, Flickr:
Firefighters' demonstration in Paris
On November 21, 6.000 to 12.000 firefighters from all over France (except Paris and Marseille, where they have a different, military status), in full uniform, took to the streets of Paris to protest about their retirement, the cancellation of a bonus (the NBI) and other working conditions.
There were also copious attacks on Sarkozy, the current Interior Ministry (to whom the firefighters belong), leader of the UMP (a right wing party) and favorite candidate of the right for the 2007 presidential elections.
While the atmosphere was generally noisy but joyous, clashes with the riot police did erupt in several opportunities, leaving approx.15 policemen wounded (one seriously) and 35 firefighters arrested.
Some pics from the France-wide strikes [more here]:
Photo: Claude Paris/Associated Press (via NYTimes)
Striking railway employees demonstrated today in Marseille. President Nicolas Sarkozy said the walkout must stop before it brings "the economy to its knees."
The Daily Booze - via Flickr
via FrenchGirlinFinland's Weblog.
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