Frances chaos stems from its failure to adapt to globalisation | Natalie Nougayrde

A showdown is taking place on the streets. President Hollande must stick firmly to his plans for long overdue reform

Frances chaos stems from its failure to adapt to globalisation | Natalie Nougayrde

Demonstrating is in the French political DNA. Its almost as if, for each generation, pouring out on to the streets is part of growing up. There is a collective ritual to this we have a national penchant for cathartic moments. Historians point to a revolutionary narrative harking back to 1789. But if you are looking for some of the romanticism of May 1968 in the latest unrest, dont hold your breath.

Is France is on the verge of breakdown? Protests against a new labour law have led to fuel shortages, after trade union activists started blocking refineries and nuclear power plants. The government has had to start making use of the countrys strategic oil reserves.

The police have fired teargas at protesters and arrested 77 people; air and rail traffic has been partly disrupted; and there were fresh demonstrations this week with crowds tens of thousands strong. The dispute over reforms the socialist government wants to introduce to liberalise the labour market is now two months old more strikes and protests are planned in the run-up to the European football championships France is hosting from 10 June.

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