'Black Thursday' Strike Staggers France

Biggest action in decades tests President Sarkozy
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2009 5:48 AM CST
Public- and private-sector workers went on strike today in France in the biggest job action in decades.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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(Newser) – More than a million protesters in France are taking to the streets today in the country's biggest general strike in decades, reports the Times of London. The so-called "Black Thursday" job action is bringing together public and private sector workers, along with students, who are angered by President Nicolas Sarkozy's handling of the economic slump. The strike has shut down railways, airports, schools, post offices, and even some medical services, reports the AP.