Updated: Jan 20, 2020
France entered 2020 in the midst of nationwide strikes that are now the longest in the country’s history for more than half a century, since the last great protest year on record, 1968. Protests against pension cuts proposed by the government have met with stiff resistance, fuel shortages, power cuts, along with transport disruption and closed schools. For a month, one has smelled tear gas on the streets of Paris and other major cities. The President is calling for compromise.