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In pictures: French strikes widen

Thousands of people demonstrate in Paris on 20 November 2007

Thousands of protesters have taken to streets across France as teachers and civil servants staged a 24-hour walkout, joining striking transport and energy workers.

Civil servants demonstrate in Rennes, western France, on 20 November 2007

The spreading industrial action is shaping up to be the biggest show of defiance to President Nicolas Sarkozy's reform plans since his election in May.

A striking railway worker protests in Bayonne, south-western France, on 20 November 2007

Hospital staff, postal workers and air traffic controllers also joined Tuesday's stoppage in protest at planned job cuts and in support of more pay.

Protesters in Marseille southern France, on 20 November 2007

The latest show of people power left many schools shut, hospitals only able to provide a reduced service and airports hit by delays and cancellations.

The empty Perrache railway in Lyon, central France, 20 November 2007

And an open-ended strike by transport workers entered its seventh day, slashing national rail services.

Police marshal passengers at Paris Gare du Nord subway station on 20 November 2007

Commuters on the Paris metro, where one in three trains were running on Tuesday, had to be corralled to prevent platform overcrowding.

Drivers stuck in traffic jams in Paris on 20 November 2007

State rail operator SNCF said there were fewer strikers than last week but the impact on services still triggered massive rush hour traffic jams on roads into the capital.

French commuters try to get to work on 20 November 2007

Other commuters opted to skate, cycle or walk to the office.

A man wearing an anti-Sarkozy T-shirt protests at Saint-Denis in the Indian Ocean French department island of Reunion on 20 November 2007

The civil servants' strike even spread to the French-run Indian Ocean island of Reunion, where this man wore an anti-President Nicolas Sarkozy T-shirt.

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