Students face riot police during a demonstration as part of a nationwide day of protest against the French president multi-front reform drive on March 22, 2018, in Paris. AFP / GERARD JULIEN
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It was the first time public sector workers, ranging from air-traffic controllers to civil servants, had joined with rail workers and pensioners to protest over the economic reforms Macron has sought to introduce since he took office last May.Protests in major cities such as Marseille and Lyon Thursday saw around 10,000 people and rail unions claimed around 25,000 took part in Paris, but the numbers were smaller than previous demonstrations against labor reforms rammed through by Macron last year.Only about one in 10 central government workers walked off the job, down from 13 percent in an October strike, a government source said, in a sign that unions may still be struggling to raise the street against the young president.While rail workers have planned a three-month rolling strike from April 3, public sector workers have no plans yet for further action, but they will meet next week to consider it.
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