French civil servants stage massive protest against Macron's plan


PARIS - French civil servants angered by Emmanuel Macron's plans to freeze their pay and eliminate 120,000 public jobs go on strike on Tuesday, amplifying a revolt over the president's cost-cutting, pro-business agenda.

Nine unions representing 5.4 million public workers have called for a day of nationwide strikes and demonstrations to show their profound disagreement with Macron's bid to transform the gargantuan public service.

The protests are the fourth in a series of demonstrations aimed at forcing the president to row back on his reforms.

This is the first time in a decade that all nine public-sector unions have issued a joint strike call.

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