Nearly 75 pct French support strike
Nearly three-quarters French surveyed in a poll believe a one-day national strike on Thursday is justified.PARIS – Nearly three-quarters of people in France believe a national strike called for Thursday is justified, a poll released on Tuesday said.
France's main unions are organising the nationwide action to protest over President Nicolas Sarkozy's handling of the economic crisis.
The poll published in the financial daily Les Echos showed 74 percent of the French considered the one-day strike as justified and 62 percent said they disapproved of the government's economic policies.
More than one million people took to the streets during a one-day strike on 29 January but the unions have called for more protests after dismissing a string of new social benefits unveiled by Sarkozy as insufficient.
Unions are calling on Sarkozy to scrap plans to cut public sector jobs and are seeking more social protection as France heads into recession.
The strike on Thursday is expected to cause disruption to public transport and train services and shut down some schools and government offices. Some private sector workers are also taking part.
The survey of 1,003 people by the BVA-BPI firm was carried out on 13 and 14 March.
AFP / Expatica