Most French back government despite strike

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19 October 2007, PARIS (AFP) - Sixty-seven percent of French want the government of President Nicolas Sarkozy to hold fast to its pension reform plans despite a paralysing transport strike, according to a poll published Friday.

19 October 2007

PARIS (AFP) - Sixty-seven percent of French want the government of President Nicolas Sarkozy to hold fast to its pension reform plans despite a paralysing transport strike, according to a poll published Friday.

Thirty percent supported union efforts to keep a "special" pension regime for some 1.6 million public transport workers and three percent had no opinion, according to the OpinionWay poll conducted for the Le Figaro newspaper and LCI television.

French commuters faced a day of struggle Thursday as the rail network ground to a halt, and Paris metro and bus systems were reduced to a skeleton service. Many workers chose to stay at home, or walked or cycled to the office.

Commuters faced a second day of paralysed public transport Friday as one smaller rail union decided to prolong its stoppage and services slowly returned to normal levels.

Forty percent of those polled said they expect the strikes to continue for several more days, 27 percent believe it will end quickly and 32 percent that it will last a long time.

OpinionWay interviewed a representative sample of 916 adults on Wednesday and Thursday.

AFP

Subject: French news

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