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> French public sector workers striking against President Emmanuel Macron's plans to cull jobs and toughen pay conditions. While France is no stranger to strike action, this is the first time in a decade that all unions representing more than five million public workers have rallied behind the call.
And that means this could be a big test to Macron's ambitions for labor law reform, as Reuters Ingrid Melander report.>> It's very rare, it's been many years that all the unions have pulled together to strike, they are unhappy with the public sector wage freeze, they are unhappy with plans for public sector cuts.
At the same time, over the past few weeks, we've had several protests and strikes by private sector workers that didn't really mobilize a big crowd. So everybody will be looking today, are there big numbers out in the streets of Paris, and are there a lot of people striking?
>> Thousands of teachers, nurses, and civil servants marched in cities across the country. The action on Tuesday forcing airlines to cancel hundreds of flights and closing schools. These students have blocked the entrance to their school. The sign says, public sector impacted equals high schools blocked. Macron's plans include axing 120,000 jobs, freezing pay, and reducing sick leave compensation.
He says such reforms are needed to unlock economic growth and put France's public finances on a more sustainable footing. A big turnout on Tuesday would send a defiant message to the former investment banker. A low turnout would likely embolden him.