I see the Frenchies are up to their usual when faced with change. On the one hand I can see where they are coming from - all that free money for the banks, which doesn't appear to have helped much. But there was some bint on the World Service this morning saying this would cost the government a lot of money. WTF, its not government money but taxpayers money - so they are aiming to squander their own dosh, crazy.
A one-day strike by public and private sector workers is under way in France, with disruption to transport, hospital and education services expected.
Hundreds of thousands of workers are demanding more government action to protect jobs and wages.
Three-quarters of people and all the main trade unions are backing what the press are calling "Black Thursday", correspondents say.
Air France flights will be cancelled and train services are being disrupted.
The protesters are demonstrating against the worsening economic climate in France and at what they believe to be the government's poor handling of the crisis.
Early reports said that regional trains and those in and out of Paris were being affected. Only 35% of trains were running in several regions, operator SNCF said.