>> Protestors taking to the streets of Paris on Thursday. Ten of thousands of teachers, train conductors, and air traffic controllers all walked out of their jobs across France. The strike marks a new joint phase in trade union action. It was the first protest that's brought together civil servants and railway staff.
And it's the latest test of public anger over President Emmanuel Macron's planned labor reforms.>>
> Macron's destroying the social system in its entirety, whether that's social security pensions, the SNCF rail service, or hospitals. He's destroying all the fruits of our predecessors later and today we have to fight to defend all of this.
>> Public sector workers are angry with plans to cut their head count by 120,000 over the next four years. While railway workers are worried by government plants to scrap job for life guarantees and automatic annual pay rises. But opinion polls show that while a majority of voters do back the strike, an even bigger majorities support the reforms themselves, and that's led the government to say it will stand by its plans.
Since Macron came to power nearly a year ago, labor laws have been overhauled and a series of other sensitive reforms including unemployment insurance are being drafted. This is just the start of the battle for Macron in his quest to shake up France's economy, rail workers have planned a three month rolling strike due to start next month.
ursday's stoppage also harks back to the start of a nation wide protest in 1968, which threw France into turmoil for weeks started 50 years ago to the day.