by Ted Welch
Mon Oct 17th, 2011 at 06:49:44 PM EST
PARIS Tue Oct 11, 2011
"Five unions, including the CFDT and the prominent CGT syndicate, the two biggest groups, organised about 200 street rallies and strikes across France against President Nicolas Sarkozy's budget-cutting measures.
Though described as "low-key" by Reuters, it was a big demo taking about an hour to pass, but it had no violence, and unlike Brit demos wasn't flanked by police:
Unions have urged Sarkozy to focus on growth and called for Tuesday's action, held during France's traditional protest month of October.
'We're fed up with austerity,' said CGT leader Bernard Thibault, who marched with union members in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille.
'They always ask more of workers. They touch our purchasing power ... while the most fortunate again find the upper hand in the situation,' he said. 'This isn't a crisis for everyone.' "
"For another redistribution of wealth":
The women are enjoying themselves, while the guy wants to eat the rich:
"Trade unionist not a hooligan":
Angry apprentice costume designers: