Pressure grows on French president as state workers join strike

Pressure from the street against French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s programme of reforms intensified Tuesday as hundreds of thousands of state employees went on strike, joining a week-long stoppage by rail-workers. Teachers, postal staff, nurses, air-traffic controllers, tax officials and other civil servants staged a one day protest to demand pay rises and an end to government plans to trim the state pay-roll. Full Story

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