Thousands of striking workers marched together in Paris on Thursday of last week, bringing together two major disputes.
Train workers began a national strike two weeks ago. They are opposing a government attack on their terms and conditions to prepare for privatisation.
In the Paris region strikes were still going as Socialist Worker went to press.
Also protesting were striking technicians and artists from the cinema, TV and other cultural industries that make up a large part of the French economy.
The specialised social security scheme that supports them to work in the sector is also under attack. The two disputes involve around a quarter of a million workers.
The government of Labour-type Socialist Party president Francois Hollande delayed attacks on workers last year, while making concessions to the right wing.
He is now under pressure from French bosses to show that he won’t shy away from a confrontation with workers.