She said that it was "unacceptable" in cases where employees are "defending their jobs" to drag them before courts.Clashes such as the one outside Goodyear promote the image of the French economy as being in control of unions and inflexible regulations. However, as Gerard Dussillol, an economic specialist at the pro-market Institut Thomas More think-tank, points out, unions in France represent a very small percentage of the working population. In 2009 membership stood at just 7.4 percent, compared with more than 20 percent in both Britain and Germany.
France Mulls Law To Let Strikers Ransack Offices
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