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[quote user="woolybanana"]BIG STRIKE DAY: no public transport, no schools, no nothing as the "old" France takes on the future of France. Just the private sector paying for their lifestyles.[/quote]

and your point exactly?

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More info here: http://info.france2.fr/france/35181151-fr.php and http://info.france2.fr/france/35056136-fr.php

I haven't had anything home from Primaire today about it and it's a 'mecredi sans classes' tomorrow so we shall just see Thursday morning what the situation is. Son is at collège tomorrow so we'll see if he brings home a note.  Usually we would get a note from both schools saying that classes can't be 'assured' when a strike is on.

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[quote user="woolybanana"]BIG STRIKE DAY: no public transport, no schools, no nothing as the "old" France takes on the future of France. Just the private sector paying for their lifestyles.[/quote]

and your point exactly?

[/quote]

I think WB is trying to give out a friendly warning of a strike on Thursday, what exactly is your point?

regards

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[quote user="woolybanana"]BIG STRIKE DAY: no public transport, no schools, no nothing as the "old" France takes on the future of France. Just the private sector paying for their lifestyles.[/quote]

Be careful when making blanket statements like that - both busses & the boats will be running in my town, and about 80% of my colleagues at both the local lycée & collège are planning on coming to work.  So you can't really go around saying there will be no public transport whatsoever and all the schools will be closed - it's really going to depend on the area and whether or not each worker decides to strike.

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[quote user="woolybanana"]BIG STRIKE DAY: no public transport, no schools, no nothing as the "old" France takes on the future of France. Just the private sector paying for their lifestyles.[/quote]

I didn't understand it either.

Private sector paying for their lifestyles??

Don't we always??[8-)]

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Something people always fail to grasp about the Fifth Republic is that it is a working man's state and fundamentally socialist.

le petit Nicolas can strut his stuff and spout off about the wonders of Thatcherism, etc, but, at the end of the day, as Lionel Jospin and Chirac's protogé Dominique de Villepin found out the hard way, if you try too hard to change the social contract, then all the hot air in parliament all the grovelling to the mega-wealthy right wing have no value. The country simply comes out on strike and the place grinds to a halt!

Realistically, the average French person is not wealthy and any move to place more burdens upon them means they can't survive.

Perhaps some people would love France to be more like the great British economic success: where it was announced in the press today that during the last year more than one million people had to resort to paying their rent/mortgage on their credit card!

Also and by the way, France is the most productive country in Europe! Surprised me too.

About times some of the core myths about France and the French were forgotten: perhaps we can blame the Daily Mail! [Www]

 

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The only warning we have had is in todays paper regarding no collection of rubbish tomorrow. As mentioned before, depends on the unions involved and their members as not all fonctionaires belong to the same ones. Strikes are part of french life, nothing new except perhaps to those new to french living and not aware of what goes on outside their own little world.
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Our yongest , who is in Primaire, came home yesterday in a bad mood because her teacher will not be striking on Thursday, whereas the other 2 class teachers will be on strike. Eldest at college said that they will have transport as they have a new driver , Lunch is assured too, which she was happy about as they are serving one of her favorite meals! as for classes, well she wont know who will be there or not untill the day arrives, so Mum may be needed to fetch her home earlier if the afternoon is disrupted.
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Neither of my children in primaire has yet come home with a note warning of the teachers not being there or, more importantly ,of the cantine being closed. Since we are now Wednesday, I don't think this is going to happen (although it's still possible) I haven't heard anyone mention that they are striking on Thursday in either of my collèges, although I'm assuming that the handful of strongly unionised teachers will. (and I mean a handful) The cantine is open.  I have a feeling that there will be more pupils absent than teachers again. (It's amazing how they can translate the fact that only the art teacher will be missing and they don't have art on Thursday into "I haven't got any lessons because the teachers are all on strike, mum") one pupil managed to tell her mother that the strike was today so she was kept home.

Reminder, primary schools are supposed to take pupils even if the teacher is absent, unless all the teachers are on strike, then they can close. They don't have to provide school meals or cantine facilities. Secondary schools have to stay open, have to take any pupils who come in and must provide somewhere to eat a packed lunch if school meals aren't provided.

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[quote user="opas"]... Lunch is assured too, which she was happy about as they are serving one of her favorite meals!...[/quote]

Our cantine has a 'Semaine de Gout' and they will be having Kangarou on Thursday - it would be a shame to miss it if the cantine were to be shut [:-))]

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[quote user="12Monkeys"][quote user="tj"]

[quote user="woolybanana"]BIG STRIKE DAY: no public transport, no schools, no nothing as the "old" France takes on the future of France. Just the private sector paying for their lifestyles.[/quote]

and your point exactly?

[/quote]

I think WB is trying to give out a friendly warning of a strike on Thursday, what exactly is your point?

regards
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Ah, so it wasnt a dig at the private sector then, which was definitely the tone of the post.

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[quote user="tj"][quote user="12Monkeys"][quote user="tj"]

[quote user="woolybanana"]BIG STRIKE DAY: no public transport, no schools, no nothing as the "old" France takes on the future of France. Just the private sector paying for their lifestyles.[/quote]

and your point exactly?

[/quote]

I think WB is trying to give out a friendly warning of a strike on Thursday, what exactly is your point?

regards

[/quote]

Ah, so it wasnt a dig at the private sector then, which was definitely the tone of the post.

[/quote]

Ah, so you knew the point of his post all along then?

regards

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I live in hope that eventually the solidarity of union power in France will be weakened by the people and workers themselves. When unions realise that they simply cannot just call a strike and everyone conforms like lemmings will be the time for accommodation and reality checks. French public sector unions have yet to realise the world has changed. The so called 'socialist state' is being changed by individual ambition and aspiration. Uncertainty is simply a symptom of prosperity. To move forward we have to accept risk. When things are guaranteed stagnation results because the world is dynamic not static. The French people are slowly getting the message.
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