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French diplomats in new strike Thursday

Published on 17/12/2003


PARIS, Dec 17 (AFP) – French diplomats are being called out Thursday on their second strike this month against foreign ministry budget cuts, union leaders said Wednesday.

On December 1 many French embassies and consulates were shut or offered minimum service as diplomats staged their first ever worldwide walk-out to protest against government cost-cutting.

“Your massive mobilisation on December 1 had an exceptional impact in France and abroad. All our claims remain on the table,” six unions said in a statement.

“All together, let us stay mobilised to demand financial and human resources that match the ambitions set for the state’s action abroad,” they said.

France’s foreign ministry oversees an international network second only to that of the United States. In addition to 154 embassies there are 98 consulates, and nearly 500 cultural offices and French-language schools.


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