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Hundreds of thousands of French workers are expected to join the country's second nationwide strike in two months.
Unions are protesting against President Nicolas Sarkozy's economic policies. Unemployment has reached two million and is expected to rise further.
Many people are angry that big companies like the oil giant Total is making staff redundant while simultaneously announcing record profits, the BBC's Emma Jane Kirby in Paris says.
Originally posted by The Last Man on Earth
All we need now are strikes like this in Britain (because it's a lovely day and I'd like to get out of the office...).