French workers were to hold a further general strike this week over pensions.p>
All the union federations called for walkouts, arranging over 100 demonstrations.
President Nicolas Sarkozy’s right wing government is in crisis. Its attempts to deflect attention by scapegoating immigrants and expelling Roma people has backfired.
Workers took to the streets against the racist manoeuvres.
And European commissioner Viviane Reding said, “I have been appalled by a situation that gave the impression that the people are being removed from a member state of the European Union just because they belonged to an ethnic minority.
“This is a situation I thought Europe would not have to witness again after the Second World War.”
Reding later backtracked, but her comments increased the pressure on Sarkozy.
Disgracefully, the French upper house (senate) confirmed the anti-burqa law last week with just one vote against. Nearly half the Socialist Party senators voted for the measure, while the rest abstained.
This Wednesday’s strike is expected to be a success. Action needs to escalate to break Sarkozy.
Around 11,000 people went to a “Rock Sans Papiers” concert near Paris last Saturday in support of “illegal” workers.
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