15,000 defence staff march through Paris

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More than 15,000 workers from France's loss-making defence industries marched through Paris at the weekend to protest against planned job cuts.

They came in special buses and trains from as far away as Toulon and Toulouse in the south, from defence-dependent towns in the Massif Central, and from the port cities of Brest and Cherbourg in Brittany.

Tomorrow, most of the country's journalists plan to strike against the phasing-out of a special tax regime. On Thursday, public-sector workers and doctors strike in protests about spending cuts and planned reforms. Mary Dejevsky - Paris