Thousands join protests, strikes against French cutbacks

April 9, 2015 2:22 PM

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PARIS (Reuters) - Tens of thousands took to the streets in towns and cities across France on Thursday in union-led protests against public spending cuts that closed down the Eiffel Tower to tourists and coincide with strikes by air traffic controllers and state radio workers.

The nationwide marches, with the biggest rally in Paris, were a test of how much support unions can muster over spending curbs they say undermine public service and purchasing power to the general detriment of the euro zone's second-largest economy.

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