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French strikes wind down

French President Nicolas Sarkozy focused on a winnable fight, divided the opposition and appears to have come out on top after nine days of strikes by seething rail drivers. Yet tensions lingered as the walkout wound down and train traffic began resuming Friday. Violence by protesting students prompted the Sorbonne university to shut down, and highlighted worries about how Sarkozy and his compatriots will weather his painful plans to remake stagnant, reform-resistant France. Full Story

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