French prime minister Dominique de Villepin experienced his first series of strikes and protests last week, though he claims his government's policies are beginning to curb unemployment and boost purchasing power.
Up to one million people took to the streets of France's major cities last Tuesday, around 100,000 in Paris alone.
Protesters asked for the withdrawal of the contrat nouvelles embauches, a new type of work contract that exempts small business from the usual strict dismissal...
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