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A major strike by coal miners in the north of France three years after the end of World War II still casts a shadow over industrial relations in the country. The few surviving miners from that era and families of other strikers continue to battle for justice over the criminal convictions many of them were given when the dispute came to a violent end with the aid of riot police. A book just published in France recounts the stories of the men – and women – who paid dearly for the strike and whose children, and even grandchildren, have continued to suffer the consequences. Dominique Conil reports.
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