Printers' strike leaves French newsracks bare

13th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 13, 2007 (AFP) - Millions of French readers were deprived of their morning newspaper on Wednesday as a printers' strike blocked the distribution of all national dailies.

PARIS, June 13, 2007 (AFP) - Millions of French readers were deprived of their morning newspaper on Wednesday as a printers' strike blocked the distribution of all national dailies.

The strike was called by the printing and distribution branch of the Communist-backed CGT union following a dispute over annual pay negotiations for the sector.

The press owners' group SPQN firmly condemned the decision to call a strike four days before the second round of French parlimentary elections, saying it "deprives readers of particularly vital information in this electoral period."

It accused the union of resorting to "tactics based on an archaic view of labour relations."

Most main dailies -- including Le Figaro, Le Monde, Liberation and the business newspapers Les Echos and La Tribune -- were available to consult online.


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