Workers and students across France were set to protest and strike against the Labour-type government’s proposed Work Law on Thursday of this week.
The law would let bosses undercut national agreements and regulations, make employees work longer for less and let bosses fire them more easily.
The government is expected to push the bill through without a vote to see off a backbench rebellion next week.
Thousands of people had phone and internet connections cut off for nine hours in the Haute-Loire region on Tuesday of last week. The CGT union claimed responsibility for the sabotage.
Rail workers struck on Tuesday of this week. But the key test could be next week with many trade unionists and activists determined to spread the strikes and extend them beyond one-day actions.
Rail workers and hauliers are set to begin all-out strikes and have invited other sectors to join them. It is crunch time for the movement to escalate if it is to win.