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Public sector strikes put Sarkozy under pressure

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Public sector workers protest outside the Invalides monument in Paris, 23 March.
Public sector workers protest outside the Invalides monument in Paris, 23 March. RFI / J. van der Made

Tuesday saw a day of demonstrations in France, following the humiliating defeat suffered by President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party in regional elections on Sunday. Thousands of public sector employees took to the streets to increase the pressure on the government to rethink its programme of economic reform.

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