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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 July, 2003, 11:38 GMT 12:38 UK
In pictures: French arts strike
Striking performers, gagged and wearing placards reading
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A strike by arts workers is has cancelled the Avignon arts festival, one of the most prestigious in Europe.
Police clash with protesters in Avignon
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Police clashed with protesters unhappy at government plans to change artists' unemployment benefits.
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Actors performed a die-in, urging employers to stop the festival...
Artist performs mock crucifixion
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...And some even performed mock crucifixions to make their point.
Empty terrace in Avignon
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The festival normally attracts 100,000 visitors a year
Actor from equestrian troupe Zingaro in photo preview of the festival
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It was due to start on Tuesday with equestrian theatre...
American author John Patrick Shanley and producer John Pepper point to a poster of Shanley's play Four Dogs on a Bone
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...But US author John Shanley will not now see his play performed.

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