Hospital staff, teachers and air traffic controllers were among millions of employees from the French public sector staging a one-day strike on Monday in protest over pay and budgetary restrictions, and notably a wage freeze for certain categories introduced by Presuident Emmanuel Macron, with street demonstrations held in several major towns and cities.
Just over half of investors voted against boss Carlos Ghosn’s annual €7.3m package in a non-binding vote at the carmaker’s AGM in Paris.
Elected official who cut his own salary to keep down local costs is forced under new law to pay himself twice as much as he planned.
The drivers mounted road blocks and go-slow traffic convoys over deadlock in a four-month dispute with employers' organisations over pay.
The Centre National du Cinéma, which funds state films, wants to make movie subsidies dependent on keeping stars' wage bill down.
When the man at the helm of the French bosses' organisation calls for wage restraint and suggests paying young workers less than the legal minimum wage, it would seem reasonable to expect him to be prepared to take a dose of his own medicine. Instead Pierre Gattaz, president of the employers' association MEDEF, has just awarded himself a 29% pay rise. He is far from being the only culprit in France's corporate world. But, says Martine Orange, the symbolism bodes ill for President François Hollande's bid to cut business costs in exchange for creating jobs, a policy on which the president has staked his political future.
Bill tabled by the ruling Socialist Party would make it an offence for a person to 'have recourse to prostitution', in other words to pay for sex.