UPDATE: French unions claim 400,000 protest public sector cuts

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During a one-day strike on Tuesday by French public sector workers over pay and budgetary cuts, a move aligning all nine public sector staff unions together for the first time in ten years, street protests across town and cities in France drew more than 400,000 people according to trades unions - and half that number according to interior ministry estimations.

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France's nine main unions united for the first time in a decade in public sector protests against President Emmanuel Macron's plans to freeze pay and shed 120,000 state workers in five years, reports The Telegraph.