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French company bosses to go on strike

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French company bosses to go on strike
Head of Medef Pierre Gattaz (R) meets French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L). Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP

After train drivers, pilots, pharmacists and farmers, and with doctors too set to strike over Christmas, now it's the turn of bosses in France to take to the streets in protest.

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Medef – the French employers' union representing business leaders – has confirmed a week of action from December 1st, BFM TV reported.

Geoffroy Roux de Bezieux, union vice president, told the BFM Business television channel: “We will protest in various ways. There will be meetings, there will be testimonials, some will maybe take to the street to express the frustration and suffering of French bosses.”

Medef will be joined in the action by CGPME – a union representing small and medium businesses.

Company bosses plan to go to battle over a number of issues, including the severity of working conditions, the minimum part-time working week of 24 hours and taxation of dividends.

While both organizations are set to protest, their methods will differ. CGPME is planning demonstrations in Paris and Toulouse, while Medef's Pierre Gattaz does not want his union's members in the streets, suggesting instead a milder form of mobilization – such as an open letter to the government.

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