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In pictures: French strikes

People protest in Marseille

France is feeling the effects of a one-day national strike called in protest at President Sarkozy's handling of the economy.

People walk on the platform at the Gare Saint-Lazare train station

The state rail operator SNCF cancelled 40% of high-speed intercity TGV services nationwide and half of other regional trains.

Workers from the German firm Continental demonstrate

Flights were cancelled, schools were shut and electricity was disrupted as strikers demanded more measures to protect jobs and incomes.

People protest in Marseille

Correspondents say the nationwide strike - the second this year - could see more than a million people stop work.

Workers of the American microelectronics group Atmel protest form the crisis in Marseille

The strike comes against a backdrop of mounting anger over job losses and factory closures, as France struggles to cope with the impact of the global recession.

People protest in Marseille

Unions and left-wing parties are fired up by a poll showing 78% of French people believe the show of force against the government is justified.

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