French protestors occupy La Tribune's offices

19th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 18, 2006 (AFP) - Around 100 protestors -- students, jobseekers and arts and media workers -- occupied the Paris headquarters of the French business daily La Tribune on Tuesday, trying to block the paper's next issue.

PARIS, April 18, 2006 (AFP) - Around 100 protestors -- students, jobseekers and arts and media workers -- occupied the Paris headquarters of the French business daily La Tribune on Tuesday, trying to block the paper's next issue.

The demonstrators handed out a statement saying they had chosen La Tribune because "this is where they create the measures and the mental climate that allow for inequalities and social violence".

Stickers plastered across the building's windows read "La Tribune is Ours", called for the withdrawal of a flexible job contract for small businesses -- similar to the contested youth contract dropped earlier this month -- or bluntly demanded the government's resignation.

Staff at the paper, based near the central Place de la Bourse, told AFP the demonstrators were non-violent, although their exact aims were not clear.

Talks were underway Tuesday at the MEDEF employers' association on the special unemployment regime for France's arts and entertainment workers -- who have staged regular protests against plans to cut back their entitlements.

Earlier Tuesday, a group of arts workers occupied the town hall in the southwestern town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

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Subject: French news

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